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Ann Shortell

Ann Shortell

Photo: Milan Ilnyckyj

In another century, Ann Shortell was an award-winning non-fiction author. She published her debut novel CELTIC KNOT, the first of a series of Clara Swift Tales, in 2018.

Each 'history with a mystery' will feature Irish immigrant Clara Swift as she comes of age in a new land.

City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario

Publications

CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale. Ann Shortell via FriesenPress, 2018

Awards

Bronze Medal Independent Publisher Book Awards FICTION-CANADA EAST for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Sarton Women’s Book Award finalist in Historical Fiction for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2018
Foreword INDIES Book Of The Year Award finalist in Multicultural Fiction for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2018
CWC Arthur Ellis Award ‘Unhanged Arthur’ finalist for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2017
The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards Shortlist Finalist for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Whistler Independent Book Awards Winner for Fiction for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Gold Medal (tie) in Religious Fiction for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Moonbeam Awards Silver Medal in Young Adult Religious/Inspirational Fiction for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist in Mystery/Thriller for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Shelf Unbound Magazine Best Indie Book Awards Notable 100 Book Of The Year #14 for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition Quarterfinalist for CELTIC KNOT A Clara Swift Tale, 2019
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

A discussion of the childhood and life of a writer, and how childhood imagination and experiences with books and play lead to storytelling and writing fiction; with learning aids such as playing cards, book postcards, books that were the author's childhood favorites and that influenced her later work. A discussion of writing from a young immigrant female's point of view, and how the author's personal and family history with immigration has impacted the creation of her young protagonist, Clara Swift. A discussion of telling Canadian history through the lens of a young female immigrant, and how young girls experienced the immigrant experience in the mid-late 19th century and in the mid-20th century.

Presentation Length:
20 minutes to 2 hours
Genre:
Coming of Age; Women’s Fiction; Multicultural; Historical; Mystery;
Grades:
any
Audience Size:
any