Mark Frutkin

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Mark Frutkin (born January 2, 1948) is a Canadian novelist and poet. He has published eight books of fiction, three books of poetry, as well as two works of non-fiction and a book of essays. In 2007, his novel, Fabrizio's Return, won the Trillium Prize for Best Book in Ontario[1] and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic,[2] and was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean region).[3] In 1988, his novel, Atmospheres Apollinaire, was short-listed for a Governor General's Award and was also short-listed for the Trillium Award, as well as the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award.

Frutkin went to Canada in 1970 as a draft resister during the Vietnam War after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in Chicago, USA. In 1967-68 he studied at Loyola University in Rome, Italy. From 1970-80, he lived in a log cabin with no electricity or running water near Wolf Lake, Quebec. Since 1980, he has lived in Ottawa, Canada with his wife, Faith, and son, Elliot.

As a journalist and critic he has written articles and reviews for The Globe & Mail, Harper's, the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette,, Ottawa Magazine and other publications. His poetry and fiction have been published in numerous Canadian and foreign journals including Canadian Fiction Magazine, Descant, and Prism International.


  • A Message for the Emperor (fiction) - 2012
  • Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (essays) - 2012
  • Walking Backwards (non-fiction) - 2011
  • Erratic North (non-fiction) - 2008
  • Fabrizio's Return (novel) – 2006[4] Winner of the 2006 Trillium Award for Best Book in Ontario; Winner of Sunburst Award; Finalist for Commonwealth Award (Canada/Caribbean region)
  • Slow Lightning (novel) - 2001
  • The Lion Of Venice (novel) -1997
  • In The Time Of The Angry Queen (novel) -1993[5]
  • Invading Tibet (novel) -1991[6]
  • Atmospheres Apollinaire (novel) –1988, re-issued - 1998 (Finalist for Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1988; finalist for Trillium Award; finalist for Ottawa-Carleton Book Award)
  • The Growing Dawn (novel) -1983
  • Iron Mountain (poetry) - 2001
  • Acts Of Light (poetry) -1992
  • The Alchemy Of Clouds (poetry) - 1985


  1. ^ "Mark Frutkin wins Trillium book prize". Toronto Star. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Fabrizio Is An SF Fable". Sci Fi Wire. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-06-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Munro and more on short list for prize". Toronto Star. 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Astronomical talent: Halley's Comet inspires a time-bending, heart-stopping tour de force.". Literary Review of Canada. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Year in Review 1993: Literature: Canada". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  6. ^ Goodrich, Chris (1993-02-21). "INVADING TIBET by Mark Frutkin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 

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