Born in Bill Quay, near Gateshead in the north of England and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Winter began her career as a script writer for Sesame Street before becoming a columnist for The Telegram in St. John's. Her debut short story collection, boYs, was published in 2007 and won that year's Winterset Award and Metcalf-Rooke Award.
Her novel Annabel was published in 2010, and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award. It was a shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the 2010 Governor General's Awards. It held the distinction of being the only novel to make the short list of all three awards in 2010. In 2011 it was shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.
- Where Is Mario? (1987)
- The Road Along the Shore - An Island Shore Journal (1991)
- boYs (2007)
- Annabel (2010)
- "Kathleen Winter". Writers & Writing - Members' Pages. The Writers' Union of Canada. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "Winter set for N.L.'s top literary prize". cbc.ca, March 27, 2008.
- People: Kathleen Winter. The Scope.
- "Rachman, Bergen, Urquhart and Coupland on Giller long list". The Globe and Mail, September 20, 2010.
- "Emma Donoghue, Kathleen Winter make GG short list". The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010.
- Retrieved 22 March 2011.
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