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John Bell

John Bell

John Bell is a Lunenburg-based author and editor specializing in Canadian history, literature, and popular culture.

A former editor of the poetry magazine Arc, John has contributed to The Literary Review of Canada, Event, This Magazine, Maisonneuve, and many other Canadian and American periodicals. As well, his work has appeared in The Canadian Encyclopedia and more than two dozen anthologies. He has also edited numerous anthologies and collections for Pottersfeild Press and other publishers.

During his nearly thirty-year career as a senior archivist at the National Archives, John served as the curator or co-curator of several major exhibitions and websites, including Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comc-Book Art, First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics, and A Real Companion and Friend: The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King.

John has lectured or given readings at many different venues in Canada, among them Library and Archives Canada, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, and the Lakefield Literary Festival.

Nova Scotia


Oak Island Illustrated: The 225-Year Search for Truth and Treasure. Formac Publishing, 2021
The Canadian Non-Sports Catalogue: Vintage Cards and Related Premiums Issued in Canada, 1875‒1975. Rockbound Books, 2019
Rebels on the Great Lakes: Confederate Naval Commando Operations Launched from Canada, 1863-1864. Dundurn Press, 2011
Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. Dundurn Press, 2006
Confederate Seadog: John Taylor Wood in War and Exile. McFarland & Co., 2002
Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Matrix Books, 1986
The Far North and Beyond: An Index to Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy in Genre Magazines and Other Selected Periodicals of the Pulp Era, 1896 1955. Dalhousie University School of Library and Information Studies & Vine Press, 1998
Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art. National Archives of Canada, 1992
The Third Side [poetry chapbook]. Ouroboros Press, 1983
CDN SF & F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy [compiled with John Robert Colombo, Michael Richardson, and Alexandre Amprimoz]. Hounslow Press, 1979


Joe Shuster Award, 2016
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