Lisa Moore (writer)

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Lisa Moore (born 28 March 1964) is a Canadian writer.

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Moore studied art first at College of the North Atlantic in her home province and then at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Although she had intended to follow a career in the visual arts, she now writes full-time.

Moore is married to Stephen Crocker, an associate professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Moore's first two books, Degrees of Nakedness (1995) and Open (2002), are short story collections. Open was a commercial and critical breakthrough, earning a nomination for the Giller Prize. Her first novel, Alligator (2005), was also nominated for the Giller Prize. It won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada Region, and was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award. Moore often incorporates her Newfoundland heritage in her work; Alligator, for example, is set in St. John's.

February tells the story of Helen O'Mara, who lost her husband Cal when the oil rig, Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm in 1982.

Moore was one of 13 novelists on the long list for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for her novel February, a prize worth approximately $80,000.[1] In an interview with CBC Radio, Moore said she was "completely overwhelmed with happiness" when she heard the news while staying in a remote cabin with her husband.

On February 15, 2013, February won Canada Reads 2013: Turf Wars.[2] The novel was defended by Trent McClellan, and beat out Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, David Bergen's The Age of Hope, Jane Urquhart's Away, and Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes.[3] Coincidentally, the win fell on the 31st anniversary of the Ocean Ranger Disaster.



  1. ^ (27 July 2010). "Lisa Moore nominated for Man Booker Prize", CBC News. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ (15 February 2013). "Trent McClellan defends February by Lisa Moore", CBC News. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  3. ^ (15 February 2013). "Meet the Canada Reads 2013 contenders", CBC News. Retrieved 18 February 2013.

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