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Caroline Adderson

Photo: Cassandra Matichuk 2014

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of ForgettingSitting PracticeThe Sky Is FallingEllen in Pieces) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings,Pleased To Meet You). Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She lives in Vancouver.

Caroline Adderson is also the author of books for young people. Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007) is a very funny novel about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and its sequel, Bruno For Real (Orca 2009), are collections of stories for emerging readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures. From Kids Can Press comes the hilarious Jasper John Dooley series of chapter books: Jasper John Dooley, Star of the Week (2012),Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (2013), Jasper John Dooley, NOT in Love (2014),Jasper John Dooley, You're In Trouble (2014) and Jasper John Dooley, Lost and Found (2015). Middle of Nowhere (Groundwood 2012) is a middle-grade novel about two inner city brothers who abscond to the north woods with an elderly neighbour in order to stay out of foster care. Also for middle-grade readers is A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood 2014), the story of a girl who, along with her dog, comes to suspect that the local care home houses more than old folks.

Norman, Speak! (Groundwood 2014) is Caroline’s first picture book. Look out for two more: Eat, Leo! Eat! (Kids Can 2015) and I Love You One to Ten (Groundwood 2015).V

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Bad Imaginings. The Porcupine's Quill, 1993
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!. Kids Can, 2015


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 a body of work, 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
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