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Mary Alice Downie

Mary Alice Downie

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Mary Alice Downie was born in Illinois to Canadian parents and grew up in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto in English, despite spending most of her time at The Varsity. She had the usual range of jobs: steno pool, editorial assistant for a medical journal, and publicity management for a publisher. In 1959 she married John Downie; they moved to Pittsburgh where she produced film, play, and book reviews, and two daughters, Christine and Jocelyn. In 1962, they moved to Kingston, Alexandra was born in 1967. She hopes to continue writing and editing in a 103-year-old house in Kingston and 107-year-old cottage on an island on the Rideau, and to travel to as many places as possible.

Kingston, ON


SnowPaws. illus. Kathryn Naylor. Toronto: Stoddart, 1996
Honor Bound. with John Downie, illus. Wesley Bates. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1991.
Cathal the Giant-Killer & the Dun Shaggy Filly. illus. Jillian Gilliland. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1991.
The New Wind Has Wings: Poems from Canada. with Barbara Robertson, illus. Elizabeth Cleaver. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1984.
And Some Brought Flowers: Plants in a New World. with Mary Hamilton, illus. John Revell. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1980.
A Pioneer ABC. Toronto: Tundra, 2005
A Song for Acadia/Une Chanson pour l'Acadie. Halifax: Nimbus Books, 2004


Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Heritage, Laidlaw Foundation, Exploration, Mulitcultural Directorate.
Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" awards for various books.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry
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