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Stephen Kimber

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STEPHEN KIMBER is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He is the author of nine books, including a novel and eight works of nonfiction:

  • What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (Fernwood 2013);
  • IWK: A Century of Caring (Nimbus 2009);
  • Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 1783-1792 (Doubleday 2008);
  • Reparations (HarperCollins, 2006);
  • Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War (Doubleday 2002);
  • NOT GUILTY: The Trial of Gerald Regan (Stoddart 1999);
  • Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash (Doubleday 1999; updated 2nd edition, Nimbus, 2013);
  • More Than Just Folks (Pottersfield 1996); and
  • Net Profits (Nimbus 1990).

He is co-author of The Spirit of Africville (Formac 1992), and the 2nd edition of Thomas Raddall’s Governor General’s award-winning classic Halifax: Warden of the North (Nimbus 2010).

His most recent book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five, is a narrative nonfiction account of Cuban intelligence agents arrested in Florida in 1998 and sentenced to long terms in prison in the United States. Following its publication, Kimber toured extensively in the United States and Canada to discuss the book and the case, including meeting with members of the U.S. Congress and officials at the State Department. On December 17, 2014, the three members of the Cuban Five still in prison were released as part of an historic rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba. Cuban officials have said Kimber’s book played a significant role in winning freedom for the Five.

Kimber’s journalism has appeared in almost all major Canadian publications including Canadian Geographic, Financial Post Magazine, Report on Business Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, En Route, Chatelaine, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post, as well as internationally in the Washington Post, Counterpunch, Progreso Weekly and the Huffington Post.

For 16 years, he was a political and general interest columnist for the Daily News in Halifax. He is currently the Senior Features Writer for The Coast, a Halifax alternative weekly, a weekly columnist for The Halifax Examiner and a Contributing Editor for Atlantic Business Magazine.

As a broadcaster, he has been an Ottawa-based current affairs producer for the CTV Television Network and a producer, writer, story editor and host for numerous CBC television and radio programs. His work has appeared on national programs ranging from television’s Rough Cuts to radio’s Sunday Morning.

He has also produced a number of commissioned works, including Net Profits; The Report of the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution; IWK: A Century of Caring; and 150 Years in the History of a Law Firm (McInnes Cooper).


  • What Lies was long-listed for a Libris Award for the Best Nonfiction Book published in Canada in 2013 and won the Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction at the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards. In 2016, the Spanish translation of the book won the Readers’ Choice Award from the Cuban Institute of the Book as one of that year’s 10 best-selling books in Cuba. The book has also been translated into German and Serbian editions.
  • Sailors, Slackers, and Blind Pigs, a look at life in Halifax during World War II, won the Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award for Nonfiction and a Torgi Award, and was a finalist for the Atlantic Booksellers’ Choice Award.
  • Loyalists and Layabouts was short-listed for both the 2009 Dartmouth Book Award for Nonfiction and the Edith Richardson Nonfiction Prize.
  • His novel Reparations was short-listed for the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

He has also won:

  • a Dan McArthur Award for excellence in radio documentary production,
  •  a regional ACTRA award for documentary writing,
  • a Canadian Food Writers’ Award for the best magazine article on the Canadian Food Industry,
  • a National Author’s Award for Best Business Magazine article,
  • an Honourable Mention from the Centre for Investigative Reporting for investigative reporting,
  • 10 Gold Awards and six Citations of Merit from the Atlantic Journalism Awards for writing,
  • a Silver Medal for Commentary and was a finalist on several occasions for National Magazine Awards in a variety of categories, including Best Overall Article, Column, and Religious Journalism, and
  • a 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to public life.

Since 1983, he has taught journalism at the University of King’s College, where he specializes in creative nonfiction, and co-founded the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program. From 1996 to 2003, in 2007-08 and again in 2013-14, he served as Director of the School of Journalism. In 1998-99, he was selected as a Research Fellow with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2001, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

He and his wife, former film and television costume designer and wardrobe consultant Jeanie Kimber, live in Halifax. They have three grown children.

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