Carol Malyon's first short story collection, The Edge of the World was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book of Fiction, and If I Knew I'd Tell You was short-listed for the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
Malyon currently lives in Toronto, where she can be reached via email through .
She has a diploma in nursing, and later received a BScN from the University of Toronto. She worked in health research but always planned to have her own book store.
In the 1980s she owned and managed Beaches Book Shop in Toronto, a block away from the lake. It was a mainly literary book store, specializing in fiction and poetry, a strong children's section, science fiction and fantasy, and mysteries. Small select sections of science, travel narratives, philosophy and psychology. Also, reluctantly, self-help and mass market to pay the rent. She hosted a reading series in the book store.
Malyon has written ten books: a picture book for children, Mixed-up Grandmas; four novels--The Adultery Handbook, If I Knew I'd Tell You, The Migration of Butterflies and Cathedral Women; two short story collections--Lovers & Other Strangers, and The Edge of the World; and three books of poetry--Emma's Dead, Headstand and Colville's People. More recently she edited Imagination in Action, a collection of essays about the creative process, and co-authored with bill bissett a conversational book on language and literature entitled griddle talk.
On the Way to Orillia She Buys Sunglasses won the 1991 Penny Dreadful short story contest and was published as limited-edition broadsheet by Sub-terrain Magazine, and a poem, through the window in the subway station ceiling, angels, was published as a broadsheet by People's Poetry Posters.
Her work has been anthologized in: Antologia de Cuentos Canadienses Contemporaneos (University of Mexico), Ars Poetica (Art Bar Poetry Series), Love and Hunger (Mercury Press), More Garden Varieties 2 (League of Canadian Poets), The Northern Red Oak (Unfinished Monument Press), 91: Best Canadian Stories (Oberon Press), The Porcupine's Quill Reader (Porcupine's Quill), Remembrance Day: Essays (HMS Press), The Sandwich Mill Anthology (Cranberry Tree Press), Sing for the Inner Ear (Unfinished Monument Press), Small Press Lynx Anthology (Unfinished Monument Press), The Third Taboo (Wolsak and Wynn), The Toronto Collection (Manoeuvres Press), Vintage 91, (League of Canadian Poets), Vivid: Stories by Five Women (Mercury Press), and We All Begin in a Little Magazine (Arc Magazine).
Her stories, poems and book reviews have been published in various Canadian magazines: Arc, B after C, Canadian Nurse, Capilano Review, City College News (George Brown College), Contemporary Verse 2, Crash, Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine, Descant, Event, Fiddlehead, Geist, Grain, Intersections 92 (George Brown College), In The Hills, Literary & Performance Scenes, Malahat Review, Museletters (League of Canadian Poets), New Quarterly, Origins, Paragraph, People's Poetry Letter, Pierian Spring, Poemata, Poetry Canada Review, Poetry Halifax Dartmouth, Poetry Toronto, quarry, Queen's Quarterly, QWERTY, Room of One's Own, Sub-terrain Magazine, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Waves, Writ, and Zymergy; and in the United States in Bogg, Macguffin, and Pittsburgh Quarterly.
Malyon has been writing full-time since 1991. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, and she returned to Fredericton in 1998 to teach at the Maritime Writers' Workshop. She also led a fiction workshop at Canadore College in North Bay.
She is a member of The Writers' Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and CANSCAIP (The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers).