Ann Ireland

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Ann Ireland
Born (1953-05-19)May 19, 1953
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died August 23, 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 65)
Occupation Author
Language English
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Notable awards Seal First Novel Award
Governor General's Award (shortlisted)
Rogers Writers' Trust Award (shortlisted)

Ann Ireland (1953–2018) was a Canadian fiction author who published five novels between 1985 and 2018.[1] Her first novel, A Certain Mr. Takahashi (1985), was the winner of the Seal $50,000 1st Novel Award. She also wrote 1996’s The Instructor, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, and 2002’s Exile, which was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General's Awards and the Rogers Writers’ Trust fiction prize.[2]


Ireland was born in Toronto, Ontario. She studied at the University of British Columbia, from which she earned a BFA in creative writing in 1976. She is a past president of PEN Canada[3] and for many years, up until the time of her death, was a writing instructor and the coordinator of the Writing Workshops Department at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto.[4] Her 1985 novel, A Certain Mr. Takahashi, was the basis for the 1991 feature film The Pianist.[5]

Her final novel, 2018's Where's Bob?, was published in May 2018, shortly before her death of carcinoid syndrome at the age of 65.[6]


Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1985 A Certain Mr. Takahashi McClelland and Stewart ISBN 0-7710-4363-5 Finalist, Books in Canada First Novel Award[7]
1996 The Instructor[8] Doubleday ISBN 0-385-25555-1 Finalist, Ontario Trillium Award.
Nominated for Barnes and Noble "Discover these Great New Writers" Award.
2002 Exile Dundurn Press ISBN 1-55002-400-0 Fiction finalist, Governor General's Awards.
Finalist for Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Named by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire Magazine as a top book of the year.
2013 The Blue Guitar Dundurn Press ISBN 978-1-459-70-586-9
2018 Where's Bob? Biblioasis ISBN 978-1771962278


  1. ^ Ann Ireland,, Retrieved 14 February 2011
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  3. ^ "Board of Directors". PEN Canada. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Writing Workshop: Our Instructors". Chang School Ryerson University. 
  5. ^ "Ann Ireland Profile". Writers Union of Canada. 
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  7. ^ (16 May 1985).
    Winner of the Seal $50,000 1st Novel Award. Unknown writer wins $50,000 novel award, StarPhoenix
  8. ^ (13 April 1996). Falling hard for the art teacher's line, Toronto Star