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Ann Walmsley

Photo: Joy Von Tiedemann 2014

Ann Walmsley is the author of The Prison Book Club (2015 Viking, Penguin Canada), which tells the story of the 18 months she spent participating in a book club in a men's medium-security prison. The Prison Book Club is the winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. It was longlisted for both the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize and the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and named as a best book of 2015 by the National Post and Book City. In the UK and Commonwealth, it is published by Oneworld Publications. Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. released a Japanese edition in August 2016. And Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., Ltd. will publish a forthcoming edition in translation in China.

Ann is also a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine, Maclean's and many other publications. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine Awards. Her most recent literary dispatch was for English Pen and can be read on her website:

Ann founded her first book club at age nine. She lives in Toronto.

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The Prison Book Club. Viking, Penguin Canada, Sept. 22 2015


Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for The Prison Book Club, 2016
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