Antanas Sileika is a Canadian novelist and critic and director of the Humber School for Writers. He was born in Weston, Ontario—the son of Lithuanian-born parents.
After completing a degree in English at U of Toronto, he studied French, taught English in Versailles, and worked as part of the editorial collective of the expatriate literary journal, Paris Voices, run from the upstairs room of the bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.
Upon his return to Canada in 1979, Antanas began teaching at Humber College and working as a co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant, where he remained until 1988.
After writing for newspapers and magazines, Antanas published his first novel, Dinner at the End of the World (1994), followed by a collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time (1997). His third book was a novel called Woman in Bronze (2004).
His latest novel is called Underground (Thomas Allen 2011). The story is set in the underground resistance to the Soviet Union in the late 1940’s.