William Bell (author)
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William Edwin Bell (1945 – 30 July 2016) was a Canadian author of young adult fiction, born in Toronto, Ontario. He was an innovator in literature for young adults in Canada and many of his novels are read in high school English courses. He lived in Orillia, Ontario.
His novel Crabbe was partly inspired by his days as a student at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute. Bell had a master's degree in literature and a second master's in education curriculum and administration, both from the University of Toronto.
Bell taught in a variety of settings. He was a high school teacher and the head of the English department at Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute. He was a teacher in China at the Harbin University of Science and Technology and the Foreign Affairs College. He also worked at the University of British Columbia and the Simcoe County Board of Education. He was frequently invited to give presentations at conferences and to speak to elementary and secondary school students on creative writing.
The inspiration to become a writer came to Bell when he heard a speech by John Metcalf, author of one of his favourite short stories. Bell says he likes to write for young people because they are "the best audience: they are loyal to the writers they like and they are enthusiastic readers".
- Ruth Schwartz Award (1991)
- Mr. Christie's Book Awards (1998)
- Belgium Prize for Excellence
- Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award (Stones 2002)
- Crabbe - 1986
- Metal Head - 1987
- The Cripples' Club - 1988 (reissued in 1993 as Absolutely Invincible)
- Death Wind - 1989
- Five Days of the Ghost - 1989
- Forbidden City - 1990
- No Signature - 1992
- Speak to the Earth - 1994
- The Golden Disk - 1995
- River My Friend - 1996
- Zack - 1998
- Stones - 2001
- Alma - 2003
- Throwaway Daughter – 2003 (written with his wife Ting-Xing Ye)
- Just Some Stuff I Wrote - 2005
- The Blue Helmet - 2006
- Only in the Movies - 2010
- Fanatics - 2011
- Julian - 2014
- "Orillia Hall of Fame" (PDF). City of Orillia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-02.
- Niki B. "Stellar Award". Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Orillia author William Bell dead at 70
- "Ruth Schwartz Award". Library Thing. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "Mr. Christie's Book Award". Library Thing. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Official website (Ting-xing Ye and Bell)
- Orillia Hall of Fame
- William Bell at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- William Bell at Library of Congress Authorities, with 10 catalogue records
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