Donna Morrissey (born in 1956 at The Beaches, Newfoundland) is a Canadian author.
At age 16 Morrissey left her birthplace, The Beaches, a small outport on the west coast of Newfoundland. She lived in various places of Canada before returning to St. John's where she studied at Memorial University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work, and a diploma in adult education. Morrissey now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Morrissey defended Frank Parker Day's novel Rockbound in Canada Reads 2005. Rockbound eventually won the competition. In the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, an "all-star" competition pitting the five winning advocates from previous years against each other, Morrissey returned to champion Anosh Irani's novel The Song of Kahunsha.
- Kit's Law
- Downhill Chance
- Sylvanus Now
- What They Wanted
- The Deception of Livvy Higgs
- The Fortunate Brother
- Clothesline Patch (screenplay)
Awards and recognition
- For Sylvanus Now:
- For Downhill Chance:
- Winner of the Thomas Head Raddall Award
- For Kit's Law:
- Winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award
- Winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize
- Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award
- Shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award
- Shortlisted for the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers' Choice Award
- Shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Award
- For Clothesline Patch:
- Winner, Best Production, 2002 Gemini Awards