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Place of birth: Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Having lived in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, and, most recently, Newfoundland, Joan Clark brings an intimate knowledge of many parts of Canada to her writing. Her writing is also influenced by wide and varied interests in life around her and in her reading material. Even as a child her tastes were diverse; she enjoyed Dickens, Alcott, and Mark Twain as well as The Book of Knowledge and Nancy Drew. She has written several novels for children, young adults, and adults. Many of her poems and short stories have been published in literary and popular magazines. In 1974 she co-founded a Calgary-based literary magazine, Dandelion. She is past president of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been a member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and the Writers’ Union of Canada. In 1991-92 she was part of the Canada-Scotland Writers-in-Residence Exchange. In 1995 she was a juror for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for English fiction. Even with all these activities, her writing is a full-time occupation. She writes every day, without interruption, preparing several drafts of works-in-progress and possibly taking several years to bring a novel to completion. She is constantly revising her texts -- even after publication!
Books for Children and Young People
The Dream Carvers. Toronto: Viking, 1995.
Girl of the Rockies. Illustrated by Douglas Phillips. Toronto, Ont.: Ryerson
The Hand of Robin Squires. Illustrations by William Taylor and Mary Cserepy.
Toronto: Stoddart, 1994 (c1977).
The Leopard & the Lily. Illustrated by Velma Foster. Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan
La Main de Robin Squires: le mystère de l'île aux Chênes. Translated by Claude
Aubry; illustrated by William Taylor et Mary Coerepy [i.e. Cserepy]. Montreal: P.
The Moons of Madeleine. Markham, Ont.: Puffin Books, 1988, c1987.
Thomasina and the Trout Tree. Illustrated by Ingeborg Hiscox. Montreal:
Tundra Books, 1971.
Wild Man of the Woods. Markham, Ont.: Puffin Books, 1986, c1985.
Books for Adults
Eiriksdottir: A Tale of Dreams and Luck: A Novel. Toronto: Penguin, 1995
From a High Thin Wire. Edmonton: NeWest Press, c1982.
Swimming Toward the Light: Short Stories. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada,
The Victory of Geraldine Gull: A Novel. Dunvegan, Ont.: Cormorant Books,