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Joan  Clark
Categories: Female AuthorsAnglophone AuthorsAuthors of Juvenile Fiction;NovelistsFundy Coast


Biography

Having decided against joining the Norwegian navy, Joan Clark was persuaded to marry an engineer, Jack Clark, and undertake a peripatetic life across Canada before settling in Newfoundland 24 years ago. A self-taught fiction writer of 15 books for adults and children, she is fascinated by the idiosyncrasies of human nature and inspired by the inseparability of people from the place they call home.

Since beginning to write on the kitchen table while her son napped, Clark’s work has been published in Britain and the United States, Australia and New Zealand as well as being translated into seven foreign languages. The winner of numerous awards including the Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award and the Winterset Award, she is the only Canadian writer to win both the Marian Engel Award (for a body of work in adult fiction), and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature (for a body of work).



How has New Brunswick influenced your work?

New Brunswick has infused much of my work: From a High Thin Wire and Swimming Toward the Light (both short stories, Goose Lane). I am presently working on a novel set in Sussex, New Brunswick, where I grew up, as well as in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton and Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?

My favourite New Brunswick book is For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down by David Adams Richards. I consider it a masterpiece.































Literary prizes

Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council Arts Achievement Award - 2007
Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (lifetime membership) - 2007
Nomination -  Evergreen Award - 2006 In recognition of: An Audience of Chairs
Newfoundland and Labrador Bennington Gate Fiction Award - 2006 In recognition of: An Audience of Chairs
IBBY Honour List (French version of The dream carvers) - 2005-06 In recognition of: Les sculpteurs de ręves
Selected, The Globe100 - 2005 In recognition of: An Audience of Chairs
BMO Winterset Award - 2005 In recognition of: An Audience of Chairs
Nomination -  Shortlisted, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards - 2004 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Nomination -  Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award - 2003-04 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Nomination -  Shortlisted, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award - 2003 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People - 2003 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Nomination -  Longlisted, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - 2002 In recognition of: Latitudes of Melt
BMO Winterset Award - 2002 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Mr. Christie’s Book Award - 2002 In recognition of: The Word for Home
Nomination -  Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada-Caribbean Region - 2001 In recognition of: Latitudes of Melt
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Acadia University - 1999
Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature - 1999
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Memorial University - 1998
Nomination -  Shortlisted, Red Cedar Book Award - 1998 In recognition of: The Dream Carvers
Newfoundland and Labrador Hibernia Children’s/Young Adult Book Award - 1998 In recognition of: The Dream Carvers
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People - 1995 In recognition of: The Dream Carvers
Mr. Christie’s Book Award - 1995 In recognition of: The Dream Carvers
Hawthornden Castle Fellowship - 1994
Canada-Scotland Writers-in-Residence Exchange - 1991-92
Marian Engel Award - 1991
Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction - 1989 In recognition of: The Victory of Geraldine Gull
Nomination -  Shortlisted, Governor General's Literary Awards - 1989 In recognition of: The Victory of Geraldine Gull
Nomination -  Shortlisted, WH Smith Literary Award - 1989 In recognition of: The Victory of Geraldine Gull
Alberta Children and Young Adult Book of the Year Award - 1983 In recognition of: The Hand of Robin Squires
100 Best Canadian Books for Children, Toronto Public Library In recognition of: The Hand of Robin Squires

Featured Publication


Road to Bliss
(2009)

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