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Caroline Adderson

Photo: Jessica Wittman, TBC 2019

Caroline Adderson is the author of five novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces, A Russian Sister), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You). She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival and guest editor of Best Canadian Stories 2019. Her work has received numerous award nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. In 2017, she was a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture and Design nominee. Her awards include three BC Book Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, the Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement, and a National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction. She teaches in the Writing and Publishing Program at SFU and is the Program Director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Caroline is also an award-winning author of books for children of all ages. Her picture books include Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014), Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015), I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015) and the forthcoming It Happened on Sweet Street (Tundra 2020). Her chapter books I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno For Real (Orca 2009) were followed by the hilarious six-volume Jasper John Dooley series (Kids Can 2012-2016), the forthcoming Izzy-Isabel spin-off series (Kids Can 2020-2021) and the bilingual series Pierre & Paul (Owl Kids 2020). Middle grade readers enjoy her novels Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), Middle of Nowhere, (Groundwood 2012), A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014) and The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat (Groundwood 2019). She is thrilled to add her first graphic novel to her bookshelf, Babble, and How Punctuation Saved It (Tundra 2021).

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Publications

Bad Imaginings. The Porcupine's Quill, 1993/2018
A History of Forgetting. Key Porter, 1999
Sitting Practice. Thomas Allen, 2003
Pleased to Meet You. Thomas Allen, 2006
The Sky Is Falling. Thomas Allen, 2010
Ellen in Pieces. Harper Collins, 2014
I, Bruno (children's fiction). Orca, 2007
Bruno For Real (children's fiction). Orca, 2009
Very Serious Children (children's fiction). Scholastic, 2007
Film Studies (young adult fiction). Annick Press, 2010
Middle of Nowhere (children's fiction). Groundwood, 2012
Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week (children's fiction). Kids Can, 2012
Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (children's fiction). Kids Can, 2012
Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love (children's fiction). Kids Can, 2014
Norman, Speak! (children's fiction). Groundwood, 2014
A Simple Case of Angels (children's fiction). Groundwood, 2014
Jasper John Dooley, You're In Trouble (children's fiction). Kids Can, 2015
Eat, Leo! Eat! (children's fiction). Kids Can, 2015
The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat (children's fiction). Groundwood, 2019
Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival. Anvil Press, 2015
Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! (children's fiction). Owlkids Books, 2020
Jasper John Dooley, Public Library Enemy #1 (children's fiction). Kids Can Press, 2016
Jasper John Dooley, Lost and Found (children's fiction). Kids Can Press, 2015
It Happened on Sweet Street (children's fiction). Tundra, 2020
Pierre & Paul: Dragons! (children's fiction). Owlkids Books, 2020
Izzy in the Doghouse (children's fiction). Kids Can Press, 2020
A Russian Sister. Harper Collins, Patrick Crean Editions, 2020

Awards

CBC Literary Award, 1988
CBC Literary Award, 1991
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Bad Imaginings, 1994
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Sitting Practice, 2003
CBC Literary Award, 2005
Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement, 2006
The Diamond Willow Award for Very Serious Children, 2009
Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize for Middle of Nowhere, 2013
Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children's Story Award for Norman, Speak!, 2012
National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction for "Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen", 2013
Alberta Magazine Association Gold Medal for Fiction for "I Feel Lousy", 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
No
GST:
GST not applicable