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Barbara Sibbald

Photo: Sean Sisk 2016

Ottawa writer Barbara Sibbald's new collection of short fiction,The Museum of Possibilities (The Porcupines Quill, 2017), has garnered favourable review from Ottawa magazine  and Arts Files. She has also published three novels including Regarding Wanda, which was shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award.  Her most recent novel, Kitchen Chronicles, entered unchartered online territory as an online narrative in 52 istallments published by Ottawa Magazine ( Her second novel, The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart, was published in 2011 by General Store Publishing House.

In the nonfiction realm, she has published two books: the best-selling The Back Forty: Farm Life in the Ottawa Valley (General Store Publishing House, 1990); and, Don’t touch that keyboard! How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (Canadian Nurses Association, 1998).

Barbara is also an award-winning journalist and editor who has worked for numerous publications including The Ottawa Citizen, The  Globe and Mai, The Toronto Star and Ottawa Magazine. In both 2005 and 2006, articles she co-authored received citations for the Governor Genera’s Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. Her work has also garnered a National Magazine Award, the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Investigative Reporting Award and four Canadian Business Press KR Wilson awards. During the past 25 years she has specialized in medical communications. She is currently the associate editor, Humanities for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Regarding Wanda. Bunkhouse Press, 2006
The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart. General Store Publishing House Inc., 2011
The Museum of Possibilities. The Porcupine's Quill, 2017


Ottawa Book Award (shortlist) for Regarding Wanda, 2006
2005 Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism (Citation of Merit) for CMAJ co-authored article about barriers to accessing Plan B, the morning-after pill, 2006
Investigative Journalism Award (Magazine), Canadian Association of Journalists for Co-authored article about barriers to accessing Plan B, (CMAJ), 2005
Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism (citation of merit) for Co-authored articles about Clostridium difficile, a hospital acquired infection (CMAJ), 2004
Silver National Magazine Award, Words & Pictures category for This Country Canada, 1994
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