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Joan Barfoot

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Joan Barfoot was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario in 1969. She is a former reporter and editor for various newspapers including: The Owen Sound Sun-Times, The Windsor Star, The Toronto Sun, and The London Free Press.

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Luck. Knopf Canada, 2005.
Getting Over Edgar. Toronto, ON: Key Porter, 1999.
Some Things about Flying. Toronto, ON: Key Porter, 1998.
Charlotte and Claudia Keeping in Touch. Toronto, ON: Key Porter, 1994.
Plain Jane. Toronto, ON: Macmillan, 1992.
Exit Lines. Knopf, 2008
Abra. McGraw-Hill, 1978
Dancing in the Dark. Macmillan, 1982
Duet for Three. Macmillan, 1985
Critical Injuries. Key Porter, 2001
Family News. Macmillan, 1989


Marian Engel Award, 1992.
WH Smith/Books in Canada First
Novel Award for Abra, 1978.
Man Booker Prize longlist for Critical Injuries, 2002
Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist for Luck, 2005
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