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Alan Cumyn

Photo: Gwen Cumyn 2014

Alan Cumyn was born in Ottawa, and studied at Royal Roads Military College and Queen's University before earning an M.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has lived across Canada and in China and Indonesia, and worked variously as a geologist's assistant, group home manager, tai chi instructor, English teacher, program officer in international development, human rights researcher and freelance writer. Cumyn's fiction for adults focuses on personal and political relations, often in a cross-cultural context, while his fiction for children and young adults explores the often humorous struggles of the inner world. He has been writer in residence most recently at Mount Royal University in Calgary and at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and has taught creative writing through the Banff Centre and the Humber School of Writing. He now lives in Ottawa with his wife and teaches part-time through the Vermont College of Fine Arts. A former chair of PEN Canada's Writers-in-Prison Committee, he is also a past Chair of the The Writers' Union of Canada.

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Publications

Burridge Unbound. McClelland & Stewart, 2000
Man of Bone. Goose Lane Editions, 1998
Between Families and the Sky. Goose Lane Editions, 1995
Waiting for Li Ming. Goose Lane Editions, 1993
What in the World is Going On? A Guide for Canadians Wishing to Work, Volunteer or Study in Other Countries. Canadian Bureau for International Education, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1998.
Losing It. McClelland and Stewart, 2001
The Secret Life of Owen Skye. Groundwood Books, 2002
The Sojourn. McClelland and Stewart, 2003
After Sylvia. Groundwood Books, 2004
The Famished Lover. Goose Lane Editions, 2006
Dear Sylvia. Groundwood Books, 2008
Tilt. Groundwood Books, 2011
All Night. Grass Roots Press, 2013

Awards

Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for Man of Bone, 1999
Finalist, Torgi Award for Man of Bone, 1999.
Finalist, Trillium Award for Man of Bone, 1998.
Mr. Christie`s Book Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2002
Finalist, Giller Prize for Burridge Unbound, 2000
Hackmatack Children`s Choice Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2004
Ottawa Book Award for Burridge Unbound, 2001
Finalist, Governor General`s Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2002
Finalist, Rocky Mountain Book Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2004
Finalist, Ottawa Book Award for Losing It, 2003
Finalist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2002
Finalist, Pacific Northwest Libraries Association Children's Choice Award for The Secret Life of Owen Skye, 2005
Finalist, Western Reads for The Sojourn, 2005
Finalist, Ottawa Book Award for The Sojourn, 2004
Finalist, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for After Sylvia, 2005
Finalist, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children for After Sylvia, 2005
Finalist, TD Award for Children's Literature for After Sylvia, 2005
Finalist, Red Maple Award for After Sylvia, 2006
Longlist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Famished Lover, 2008
Longlist, Giller Prize for The Famished Lover, 2006
Words Worthy Book Award for The Sojourn, 2003
Finalist, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children for Dear Sylvia, 2009
Silver Birch Express Award for Dear Sylvia, 2009
Finalist, K.M. Hunter Award in Literature for body of work, 2011
Finalist, Ottawa Book Award for Tilt, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
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