Caroline Adderson

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Caroline Adderson (born September 9, 1963) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. She has published four novels, two short story collections and two books for young readers.

Personal life and career[edit]

Caroline Adderson was born on September 9, 1963 in Edmonton, Alberta. She studied at the University of British Columbia, receiving a degree in education in 1982.

Her first short story collection, Bad Imaginings (1993), was nominated for the Governor General's Award and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her second novel, Sitting Practice (2003), also won the award. Adderson has won the CBC Literary Competition three times.[1] In 2006, she received the Marian Engel Award, given annually to an outstanding Canadian female writer in mid-career in recognition of her body of work.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 1993 Nominee, Governor General's Award, for Bad Imaginings
  • 1993 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, for Bad Imaginings
  • 2003 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, for Sitting Practice
  • 2006 Marian Engel Award


Short stories[edit]

  • Bad Imaginings (1993) ISBN 0-88984-172-1
  • Pleased to Meet You (2006) (longlisted for the Giller Prize) ISBN 0-88762-220-8


  • A History of Forgetting (1999)
  • Sitting Practice (2003) ISBN 0-88762-129-5
  • The Sky is Falling (2010) Thomas Allen Publishers
  • Ellen in Pieces (2014) ISBN 1443426784


Children's fiction[edit]

  • Very Serious Children (2007)
  • I, Bruno (2007)
  • Bruno for Real (2008)
  • Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (2012)
  • Middle of Nowhere (2012)
  • Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind (2013)
  • Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love (2014)