Winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers 2007
Shortlisted for the U.S. Kiriyama Prize 2006
Longlisted for the Impac Dublin Award 2006
New York Times Notable Travel Book of the Year, 2002, for Touch the Dragon (published as Dream of a Thousand Lives in the U.S.)
Gold National Magazine Award, for "City of Nations", an essay about Toronto in Toronto Life. 2000.
Recipient of a Grant in Professional Writers Category from Canada Council, for work on The Lizard Cage. Spring 2000.
Recipient of a Senior Writers’ Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, for work on a novel set in Burma, 1998.
Recipient of a Canada Council Grant for a book of essays, 1996.
Invited artist-in-residence at the Varuna Writers' Colony, Katoomba, N.S.W. Australia, 1996
Recipient of Canada’s highest literary honour for non-fiction writing, the Governor General's Award, forTouch the Dragon, l994.
Recipient of an intermediate writer's grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, to continue work on One Room In A Castle, 1993.
Recipient of an Arts Grant B from Canada Council, l991, to fund writing of One Room In A Castle.
Winner of the Pat Lowther Award, l991, for best book of poetry published by a Canadian woman in the preceding year, for The Small Words in My Body, Kalamalka Press, l990.
Recipient of an Intermediate Writer's Grant, l991, The Alberta Foundation for Literary Arts, to fund a new book of poetry.
Winner of the National Kalamalka New Writers Contest, l990, book publication (The Small Words In My Body, poetry) and tour.
Recipient of a Junior Writer's Grant, l988, The Alberta Foundation for Literary Arts, to fund the writing of Touch the Dragon.
Winner of the Air Canada Award, for the Most Promising Young Writer in Canada under 35, l986, from the Canadian Authors Association.