Member Profile

Curtis Parkinson

Photo: Helena Slevin 2003

Curtis graduated from Queen’s University and worked as a chemical engineer in South America and in Canada. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and write. Many rejections later his cat fell off the boat and that story became his first published book. More picture books and short stories followed, and five successful Y/A novels, all published by Tundra Books. Curtis’s second novel, Sea Chase, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. His third novel, Domenic’s War, was shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award and translated into Italian.


Death in Kingsport, a mystery novel, was published in August, 2007. A sequel, The Castle On Deadman's Island, came out in April, 2009.

Phone number:
613-338-5266

Publications

Mr. Reez's Sneezes. Toronto: Annick Press, 1999.
Tom Foolery. New York: Bradbury Press, 1993.
"The Crime Writer". Canadian Authors Association Anthology. Toronto, 1998.
"The Double Ender." The Antigonish Review. Nova Scotia, 1993.
"The Reluctant Alien." The New Quarterly. Waterloo, ON, 1993.
Emily’s Eighteen Aunts. Stoddard Kids, 2002
Storm-Blast. Tundra Books, 2003
Sea Chase. Tundra Books, 2004
Domenic’s War. Tundra Books, 2006
The Castle On Deadman's Island. Tundra Books, 2009
Death In Kingsport. Tundra Books, 2007

Awards

Shortlisted for Silver Birch Award for Domenic’s War, 2006-7
Shortlisted for Red Cedar Award & Arthur Ellis Award for Sea Chase, 2006-7
Shortlisted for Red Cedar Award, On Pennsylvania School Librarians Top Forty for Storm-Blast
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Length:
45 min.
Genre:
YA Fiction, picture books
Grades:
k-8
Audience size:
flexible
Northern OAC WITS:
No
Two sessions:
$200
Four sessions:
$300
GST:
GST not applicable