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Ed Butts

Edward Butts has written more than two dozen books about Canadian
history and adventure for readers of all ages. He writes factual accounts about explorers, outlaws, mysteries, disasters, lost treasure and Canadian battles. His titles include Line of Fire, The Desperate Ones, Running With Dillinger, Simon Girty: Wilderness Warrior, and Wartime: The First World War in a Canadian Town which won the Ontario Historical Society's J.J. Talman Award. Several of Ed's other books have also been nominated for awards. Ed was a school teacher in the Dominican Republic for eight years. His experiences as a grammar teacher resulted in his book Idioms for Aliens, a humorous look at English grammar. Ed also wrote the lyrics for Funky Phonics and Singing Sight Words, multi-volume collections of songs designed to help young children learn to read; and contributed lyrics to a collection of songs about Canada’s prime ministers. Ed has written teacher’s guides for such books as I Came as a Stranger and Safe as Houses. He has given talks in schools and other venues. Ed has written hundreds of articles for numerous publications including the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail. For several years he wrote a monthly historical column for the Guelph Mercury-Tribune.  Ed lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his daughter Melanie and grandson Austin.


Pirates & Outlaws of Canada (with Harold Horwood), 1984, Doubleday Canada. Republished 2003 by Lynx Images 

Bandits & Privateers: Canada in the Age of Gunpowder, (with Harold Horwood)1987, Doubleday Canada

Idioms for Aliens: A Grammar Revue of Plays and Verse, 2003, Maupin House (USA)

Outlaws of the Lakes, 2004, Lynx Images 

She Dared, 2005, Tundra

Guiding Lights, Tragic Shadows: Tales of Great Lakes Lighthouses, 2005, Lynx Images

True Canadian Disaster Stories, 2006, Prospero/Key Porter

The Desperate Ones: Forgotten Canadian Outlaws, 2006, Dundurn (nominated for Arthur Ellis Award)

True Canadian Unsolved Mysteries, 2007, Prospero/Key Porter

True Stories of Canadian Battlefields, 2007, Prospero/Key Porter

SOS: Stories of Survival, 2007, Tundra (nominated for Red Maple and Hackmatack Awards)

Running With Dillinger, 2008, Dundurn

X Doesn't Mark the Spot, 2008, Tundra

True Canadian Explorers, 2008, Prospero/Key Porter

Line of Fire, 2009, Dundurn

Henry Hudson: New World Voyager, 2009, Dundurn

Ghost Stories of Newfoundland & Labrador, 2010, Dundurn

Shipwrecks, Monsters and Mysteries of the Great Lakes, 2010, Tundra (nominated for Hackmatack Award)

Murder: Twelve True Stories of Homicide in Canada, 2011, Dundurn

Simon Girty: Wilderness Warrior, 2011, Dundurn

Bodyguards: From Gladiators to the Secret Service, 2012, Annick

Sheridan Nurseries: One Hundred Years of People, Plans and Plants (with Karl Stensson), 2012, Dundurn

Wrong Side of the Law: True Stories of Crime, 2013, Dundurn

Behind the Badge, 2014, Annick

Rum, Blood & Treasure: Stories Strange and True from Atlantic Canada, 2016, Formac

Bandits & Renegades, 2016, RJ Parker Publishing

Wartime: The First World War in a Canadian Town, 2017, James Lorimer & Co.  (J.J. Talman Award)

The Mad, Bad & Dangerous Vol. 1, 2018, Vronsky Parker Publications

The Mad, Bad & Dangerous Vol. 2, 2018, Vronsky Parker Publications


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