Susan Doherty Hannaford's debut novel, A Secret Music, has won the 2016 Grace Irwin Prize, and the young adult fiction prize, both awarded by the Word Guild. As well, A Secret Music won silver in the fiction category of young adult general fiction awarded by Literary Classics.
Anne Hart was born in Winnipeg, grew up in rural Nova Scotia, studied at Dalhousie (arts) and McGill (library science), worked for a year or two at a time in Halifax, London, England, and Kingston, Ontario, and has had the good fortune to live in St. John's, Newfoundland for many years. The Head of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University Library, she devoutly believes in tax credits for literary papers and public lending right for authors. Hart has three children.