Joan Clark

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Joan Clark
Born12 October 1934
OccupationAuthor
GenreChildren's Literature

Joan Clark BA, D.Litt. (hon.) (née MacDonald) (born 12 October 1934) is a Canadian fiction author.

Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Clark spent her youth in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She attended Acadia University for its drama program, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with English major in 1957.[1] She has worked as a teacher.

Clark moved to Alberta in the early 1960s with her engineer husband[2] and attended the University of Alberta before moving to Calgary in1965. There she started to write stories.[3] She lived in Alberta for two decades.[4] In 1975, she and Edna Alford started the literary journal Dandelion in that province. In 1976, she studied with W. O. Mitchell at the Banff Centre.[5] Clark also served as president of the Writers' Guild of Alberta. She eventually returned to Atlantic Canada in 1985,[4] settling in St. John's, Newfoundland. There she was a founding member of the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.[2]

Clark served on the jury of the 2001 Giller Prize. In 2010 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018, An Audience of Chairs, a film adaptation of her eponymous novel was released in 2018.


Awards and recognition[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 1968: Girl of the Rockies
  • 1971: Thomasina and the Trout Tree (Tundra) ISBN 0-912766-02-6
  • 1977: The Hand of Robin Squires (Clarke, Irwin) ISBN 0-7720-1091-9 (La main de Robin Squires: le mystere de l'ile aux Chenes, translated by Claude Aubry (P. Tisseyre, 1984) ISBN 2-89051-158-8)
Penguin Canada paperback editions: ISBN 0-14-031905-0, ISBN 0-14-301512-5
other paperback editions: ISBN 0-7720-1311-X, ISBN 0-7736-7426-8
Penguin Canada paperback ISBN 0-14-031788-0
Penguin Canada paperback ISBN 0-14-032182-9
Penguin Canada paperback ISBN 0-14-038629-7
Vintage Canada paperback , ISBN 0-676-97291-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joan Clark - Biography". Acadia University. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Kirchoff, Jack (20 June 1990). "Book Notes". The Globe and Mail.
  3. ^ Vowles, Andrew (14 October 2000). "Finding their voices: Successful novelists discuss the different routes to a writing career". The Spectator.
  4. ^ a b McGoogan, Kenneth (1991). Canada's Undeclared War: Fighting Words From the Literary Trenches. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd. p. 174. ISBN 1-55059-032-4.
  5. ^ Dacks, Barbara (2010). Alberta Encore. Edmonton, AB: 325127 Alberta Ltd. p. 121. ISBN 9780986669804.

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