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Jean Rae Baxter

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Jean Rae Baxter (née Fox) was born in Toronto but grew up in Hamilton. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a B.Ed degree from Queen’s. She is an ex-copywriter and ex-teacher. Married to a Queen’s University English professor, she lived for many years in the Kingston area. Following her return to Hamilton in 1996, she kept the promise she had made to herself and began to write in earnest. As Co-chair of the Arts Hamilton Literary Advisory Committee and one of the organizers of the LiT LiVe Reading Series, Baxter was an active member of Hamilton’s writing community. In 2016 she returned to Kingston, where she currently lives. She has conducted a series of memoir writing workshops for seniors, titled "Telling Your Story".  Currently she is working on a sixth novel in the Y/A "Forging  Nation" series, published by Ronsdale Press.

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A Twist of Malice. (short story collection). Hamilton, ON: Seraphim Editions, 2005.
The Way Lies North. Ronsdale Press, 2007
Looking for Cardenio. Seraphim Editions, 2008
Broken Trail. Ronsdale Press, 2011
Scattered Light. Seraphim Editions, 2011
Freedom Bound. Ronsdale Press, 2012
The White Oneida. Ronsdale Press, 2014
Hope's Journey. Ronsdale Press, 2015


Canadian Writer’s Journal Award for “The Quilt”, 2000.
Hamilton Arts Council Short Fiction Award for “A Quick Release”, 2003.
Hamilton Arts Council Short Fiction Award for “Loss”, 2004.
Canadian Authors’ Association Conference Contest shortlist for “Out! Out!”, 2003.
Crime Writers of Canada Golden Horseshoe Contest shortlist for “Josie’s Custom Catering”, 2005.
Silver Hammer for "Hole in One", 2007
Silver Hammer Short List for "Travelling by the Grand Bus Line", 2007
Arts Hamilton Young Adult Novel for The Way Lies North, 2009
John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award for "After Annabelle", 2010
Moonbeam Gold Medal for Freedom Bound, 2011
Moonbeam Bronaze Medal for Freedom Bound, 2012
New England Literary Festiva;: Honorable Mention for Freedom Bound, 2012
Hamilton-Wentworth Heritage Award for Young adult historical trilogy: The Way Lies North, Broken Trail, Freedom Bound, 2013
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Presentation Description

"Two Peoples, One King"

This presentation uses PowerPoint images to tell the story of the native people's role in the American War of Independence. It examines what they were fighting to preserve, and the consequences of Britain's defeat for them.

It is designed to accompany readings from my new Y/A novel Broken Trail and is appropraite for all grades, 6 to 12.

Presentation Length:
as required
Y/A Fiction
6 to 12
Audience size:
no limit
Workshop Description:

Writing with Style

I use examples and exercises to show students how to write with impact.

:"No word wasted, and every word is right."

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