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Pauline Le Bel

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Pauline has been spinning stories of the heart ever since she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1975. She is an award-winning screenwriter, an award-winning novelist, a playwright and singer/songwriter. Her most recent non-fiction book, Whale in the Door: A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound, published by Caitlin Press, is a journey of discovery. Pauline's research, her interviews , her travels on the land, the waters, the skies of of Howe Sound, compel her to abandon antiquated ideas about wilderniess and community, and to arrive at a new appreciation for the genius of her home. She has received international writing awards, including a Cable Ace Award and an Emmy nomination for The Song Spinner her screenplay for Showtime which starred Patti Lupone, John Neville, and Brent Carver. Her novel. The Song Spinner ,based on her screenplay, won the Canadian Chldren's Centre "Our Choice" Award. Her rich, earthy voice has been heard in theatres and concert halls across Canada, in the U.S. and the U.K. She was called "a musical instrument linked to a soul" for her dramatic portrayal of Edith Piaf in a play she co-wrote in 1978. Her published/produced writing includes: an award-winning novel, two screenplays, 3 musicals, several plays for children, a radio drama, poems, songs for films, and articles for arts publications. She has produced five CDs of her original songs.

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Becoming Intimate with the Earth. Collins Foundation Press, 2013
The Song Spinner. Red Deer Press, 1994
Gold Fever Trail, editor. Le Bel Enterprises, 1974
A Very Small Rebellion, editor. Le Bel Enterprises, 1977
Engaged Cosmology and the Role of the Artist. Collins Foundation Press, 2009
Whale in the Door: A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound. Caitlin Press, 2017
They Ask Me Why I Sing So Loud - poetry. Collins Foundation Press, 2017


Emmy Nomination, Best Writing in a Children’s Special (U.S.) for The Song Spinner, 1996.
CableACE, Best Writing in a Children’s Program (U.S.) for The Song Spinner, 1995.
Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Award for The Song Spinner, 1994.
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