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Michael Scott Curnes

Michael Scott Curnes

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Michael Scott Curnes is an award-winning American Canadian author. To Pay Paul is his fifth fiction novel to be published and is considered a sequel to his Green Book Award-winning novel, For the Love of Mother (2011). Written as an ode to the countless cancer victims and survivors who worked at, lived near, or got contaminated downwind from the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State, To Pay Paul marks a return to Curnes’ own Cascadian roots. He has long-considered himself one of those cancer-surviving Downwinders, having spent his formative years in a small farming town located about a hundred miles east of Hanford. Living in Canada since 1995, and cancer-free for 39 years, Michael Scott Curnes lives with his husband in Victoria, British Columbia and is thrilled to have recently achieved the age of 60, always remembering the words of an oncologist who once told him he shouldn’t count on turning 21.

Published Novels: To Pay Paul, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-7772988-5-2; Wicked Ninnish, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-7772988-0-7; Coping with Ash, 2017 ISBN: 10-1629014605; For the Love of Mother, ISBN: 978-1-7772988-2-1; VAL, ISBN: 1-885487-19-3.

Anthologies: Living Artfully, Reflections from the Far West Coast, ISBN: 10-1926780140 Contributing Writer to this anthology. Writing the West Coast: In Love With Place, ISBN: 10-1-55380-055-9 Contributing Writer to this anthology

Newspapers, Magazines The Globe and Mail, Feature Columnist, June 25, 1996, “Facts and Arguments” The Sound Magazine, Feature Writer 1998-2001UpBeat!, Feature WriterVictoria Times Columnist, Feature Columnist August 10, 2003


c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Fiction, LGBTQ+
I write professionally in the following language(s):


To Pay Paul. 2022, Downwind Press
Wicked Ninnish. 2020, Downwind Press
Coping with Ash. 2017, Inkwater Press
For the Love of Mother. 2011, Inkwater Press
Val. 1996, Brownell & Carroll


Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Fiction Winner for Wicked Ninnish, 2020
Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Fiction Winner for Coping with Ash, 2017
Green Book Awards Fiction Winner for For the Love of Mother, 2011
Independent Book Publishers Bronze Medal for For the Love of Mother, 2017
New Apple Book Awards Fiction Winner for Coping with Ash, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: