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Fran Kimmel

Photo: Monique de St. Croix 2017

Fran Kimmel writes and teaches in central Alberta. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a degree in Sociology, she has held an eclectic assortment of jobs including Boys and Girls Club director, youth worker, career counsellor, proposal writer, communications coordinator, instructor, and a 10-year stint as a vice president for a national transition management firm. Fran’s plays have been produced for radio and theatre, her stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada, and her debut novel, The Shore Girl, went on to win the 2013 Alberta Readers' Choice Award. Fran's latest novel, No Good Asking, was shortlisted for the 2019 ReLit and Georges Bugnet Literary Awards. 

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The Shore Girl. NeWest Press, 2012
No Good Asking . ECW Press, 2018


ReLit Award Finalist, 2019 (No Good Asking)
Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, Finalist, 2019, (No Good Asking)
Alberta Readers' Choice Award, 2013 (The Shore Girl)
Journey Prize Nominee, 2009 and 2011
CBC Literary Award Finalist, Short Fiction, 2009
CBC Alberta Anthology Competition, 2003
Brenda Strathern Writers’ Prize, 2002
Third Annual Write for Radio, CBC/Alberta Culture
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