Canadian novelist, currently living in the United States. Allen classifies herself as a 'commercial fiction writer' and her books tend to deal with the capacity of women to overcome adversity. Her groundbreaking autobiography, Daddy's Girl, details the author's childhood with a sexually abusive father. Allen has also published books under the pseudonym, Katharine Marlowe.
Canadian author whose novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, was shortlisted for the 1996 Giller Prize. Anderson-Dargatz lives on Vancouver Island.
Margaret Atwood was born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the author of many fiction and non-fiction books, including 'The Handmaid's Tale', 'Cat's Eye', and 'Bodily Harm'. Her latest book is 'The Blind Assassin'.
Anita Rau Badami's works include The Hero's Walk and Tamarind Mem, released as Tamarind Woman in the United States.
Award-winning novelist, based in London, Ontario.
1922- Canadian author and educator.
Author and cultural commentator.
Canadian author, poet, and professor at Simon Fraser University. His novels include A Mirror on the Floor and Burning Water.
Author, teacher, and reviewer. Southwestern Ontario native Bonnie Burnard won the 1999 Giller Prize for her novel, A Good House.
Saskatchewan author of several novels and short story collections, as well as some nonfiction works. Her books include Country of the Heart and Upstream.
1903-1990 Canadian novelist, short story writer, and broadcaster. His books include They Shall Inherit the Earth, The Loved and the Lost, and A Time for Judas.
"To write is to agree to play the great game of life, of love and of death where the soul is condemned to lose at the end of the game, and the novelist is he who never really accepts this role."
-- Roch Carrier
One of the most-read Quebecois authors in Canada, Roch Carrier's works include La guerre, yes sir!, Prayers of a Very Wise Child, and The Hockey Sweater.
Wayson Choy's works include The Jade Peony and Paper Shadows.
1913-1995 Canadian author, playwright, and critic. Named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1972 and the first Canadian to be made an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980. His books include Murther and Walking Spirits, The Deptford Trilogy, and The Cunning Man.
Author and fiction editor for the Ottawa Citizen.
1930-2002 Novelist, playwright, and former actor. His books include The Piano Man's Daughter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, and The Wars.
Category for Canadian novelist Camilla Gibb.
Author and poet Hiromi Goto was born in Japan and moved to Canada at age 3. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.
Internationally known author. Her books include The White Bone
, Mister Sandman
, and the short fiction collection, We So Seldom Look on Love
, the title story of which was turned into the movie, Kissed
1879-1948 Author, teacher, and translator. His books include the fictionalized autobiography, In Search of Myself, as well as Settlers of the Marsh, and The Master of the Mill.
Novelist, short story writer, editor, literary critic, and feminist from western Canada. Aritha van Herk's works include Judith, No Fixed Address: An Amorous Journey, and A Frozen Tongue.
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British Columbia based author and teacher. Hodgins's works include The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
, Spit Delaney's Island
, Broken Ground
, and Over Forty in Broken Hill
. He is also the author of A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction
, a nonfiction book for those interested in the craft of writing.
Author and teacher of literature and creative writing at the University of Alberta. Hollingshead's books include The Roaring Girl, The Healer, and Spin Dry.
"I write love stories that are peripherally about baseball."
- W.P. Kinsella
William Patrick Kinsella is an Edmonton-born novelist and short story writer. He is best known for his book, Shoeless Joe, which was made into the movie, Field of Dreams. His other works include Dance Me Outside (made into a movie of the same name), If Wishes Were Horses, and Red Wolf, Red Wolf.
Canadian poet, novelist, and children's writer. Her works include Obasan, Itsuka, and Naomi's Road. A victim of the Canadian government's decision to inter Japanese-Canadians during World War II, Kogawa was instrumental in influencing the government to make a settlement in 1988 for the loss of liberty and property.
British Columbian author and former creative-writing teacher. His works include The Studhorse Man, Alibi, and The Man from the Creeks.
Vancouver born author and poet. Lau is best known for her work, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, which chronicles her life as a teenage prostitute and drug abuser. The book eventually became a made-for-TV movie titled 'The Diary of Evelyn Lau'. Her other works include Fresh Girls and Other Stories, In the House of the Slaves, and Other Women.
1926-1987 Manitoba born author. Laurence's works include The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, and The Diviners.
1919-1992 French-Canadian author, journalist, and businessman. Lemelin's works include Au pied de la pente douce and Les Plouffe.
1907-1990 Novelist, essayist, professor, and the first English-speaking writer to use Canadian scenarios in fiction. His first novel, Barometer Rising, described the tragic events of the Halifax explosion which MacLennan had witnessed as a child. His second novel, Two Solitudes, examined the conflict between English and French cultures in Canada. Other works include Each Man's Son and The Watch that Ends the Night.
Canadian feminist writer and poet. Marlatt's works include Ana Historic, Taken, and How Hug a Stone.
Author, playwright, and teacher. Medved's first novel is The Tracey Fragments.
Toronto based author and poet. Michaels' first novel, Fugitive Pieces, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in Canada and won the Orange Prize in Britain. Her other works include The Weight of Oranges and Miner's Pond.
Born in Bombay in 1952, Mistry came to Canada in 1975 and lives near Toronto. His books include A Fine Balance, Tales from Firozsha Baag, and Such a Long Journey.
1803-1885 Prolific author of poetry, short stories, articles, and novels. Moodie is best known for her journal, Roughing It in the Bush, a personal story of her immigration to the Canadian wilderness.
I was lucky. I always wanted to be a writer. Between having three countries as an audience and having won a few awards here and there, and actually never being very famous but never totally obscure either, I've had one of the happier writing lives I know.
-- Brian Moore
1921-1999 Born in Belfast, Moore emigrated to Canada in 1948, living in Montreal until 1959. Eventually, he settled in California but he retained his Canadian citizenship. His works include The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Black Robe, and The Luck of Ginger Coffey.
Author, multimedia artist, and videomaker. Mootoo was born in Ireland, raised in Trinidad, and moved to Canada at the age of 19. Her works include Out on Main Street and Cereus Blooms at Night.
Canada's most widely read author, Mowat describes himself as a "born naturalist". His often controversial works include Never Cry Wolf, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, and My Discovery of America.
Author and poet. Sri Lanka native and Canadian citizen, Ondaatje won the Booker Prize in 1992 for his novel, The English Patient. His other works include Running in the Family, Anil's Ghost, and There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning To Do.
Nino Ricci was born in Leamington, Ontario and currently lives in Toronto. His works include Lives of the Saints, In a Glass House, and Where She Has Gone.
New Brunswick native David Adams Richards has written many novels, short stories, and screenplays. His works include The Coming of Winter, Road to the Stilt House, and Nights Below Station Street.
1931-2001 Novelist, journalist, and scriptwriter. Richler's works include The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now, and Jacob Two-Two Meets the
1908-1996 Saskatchewan native and author of several books, including As For Me and My House, The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories, and Sawbones Memorial.
1909-1983 Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Gabrielle Roy was a teacher, freelance reporter, and author of several books. Her works include Bonheur d'occasion translated as The Tin Flute, La Petite Poule d'Eau translated as Where Nests the Water Hen, and Rue Deschambault translated as Street of Riches.
"I started writing fiction principally to be free to say what I thought and felt."
-- Jane Rule
Born in the U.S., Rule moved to Canada in 1956. Her work centers around lesbian themes and she is best known for the novel, Desert of the Heart, which was made into the movie, Desert Hearts. Other works include After the Fire, The Young in One Another's Arms, and Lesbian Images.
1890-1970 Laura Goodman Salverson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her books examined immigrant life on the Canadian prairies and she was honoured with two Governor General's Awards.
Novelist, short story writer, and university professor. Carol Shields was born in Illinois in 1935 and moved to Canada in 1957. She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1995 for the novel, The Stone Diaries. Other works include Various Miracles, Small Ceremonies, and Larry's Party.
Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her works include The Words on the Wall: Robert Nelson and the Rebellion of 1837, Finding the Enemy, and Endangered Species.
Novelist, playwright, and actress. Strube's works include Alex and Zee, Milton's Elements, and Teaching Pigs To Sing.
Audrey Thomas lives in British Columbia and has written such books as Isobel Gunn, Coming Down from Wa, and Intertidal Life.
Miriam Toews is a Manitoba novelist. Her books include Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, and Swing Low: A Life.
Novelist, poet, and short story writer. Jane Urquhart was born in the northern Ontario mining community of Little Long Lac and grew up in Toronto. Her works include Away, Changing Heaven, and The Underpainter.
Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. His works include The Englishman's Boy and My Present Age.
Nuclear physicist turned author. M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, raised in Tanzania, and moved to Canada in 1978. He won the Giller Prize in 1994 for The Book of Secrets. Other works include The Gunny Sack, No New Land, and Uhuru Street.
1909-1998 Sheila Watson was born in New Westminster, British Columbia. Her works include The Double Hook and Deep Hollow Creek.
Rudy Wiebe was born in Fairholme, Saskatchewan, the son of Soviet Mennonite farmers. His works include Peace Shall Destroy Many, The Angel of the Tar Sands, and The Temptations of Big Bear.
1888-1980 Ethel Wilson was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and moved to Canada as a young child. Her works include Hetty Dorval, The Equations of Love, and Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories.
1928-1992 Adele Wiseman was born in Winnipeg. She was the author of several books, including The Sacrifice and Crackpot.