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Rita Donovan

Rita Donovan

Born in Montreal, Rita Donovan completed an undergraduate degree at Concordia University (Loyola) in Montreal, and a Master's degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She has lived in Montreal, Kitchener, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Germany. She has also taught writing courses and seminars (as well as internet writing courses) in Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley, Montreal and Edmonton. She was co-editor of Arc magazine, with John Barton, for many years. She is currently writing a novel.



Maura Quell. BuschekBooks, 2013
Short Candles. Napoleon & Co., 2007
As for the Canadians: The Remarkable Story of the RCAF's 'Guinea Pigs' of World War ll. Ottawa, ON: BuschekBooks, 2000.
River Sky Summer. Scarborough, ON: I.T.P. Nelson, 1998.
The Plague Saint. Edmonton, AB: Tesseract Books, 1997.
Landed. Ottawa, ON: BuschekBooks, 1997.
Daisy Circus. Dunvegan, ON: Cormorant Books, 1991.
Dark Jewels. Ragweed Press, 1990


Finalist, Ottawa Book Award for Maura Quell, 2014
Nominated, Sunburst Award for Short Candles, 2008
Winner, Canadian Authors Association/Chapters Award for Fiction for Landed, 1998.
Finalist, Ottawa Book Award for Landed, 1998
Nominated, James Tiptree, Jr. Award for The Plague Saint, 1998
Winner, Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for Daisy Circus, 1993
Winner, Ottawa-Carleton Book Award for Dark Jewels, 1991.
Shortlisted, WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award for Dark Jewels, 1991.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: