Jane Urquhart

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Jane Urquhart's Away is being defended by Charlotte Gray for Canada Reads 2013.



Jane Urquhart is the internationally acclaimed author of seven award-winning novels, three books of poetry and numerous short stories. Born in Little Long Lac, Ontario, she grew up in Toronto.


As a novelist, Jane is well known for her evocative blending of history with the present day. Her first novel, 1986's The Whirlpool, gained her international recognition when she became the first Canadian to win France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Her subsequent novels were even more successful. Away, published in 1993, won the Trillium Award and was a national bestseller. The book was also one of the six finalists for the inaugural Dublin IMPAC International Literary Prize. In 1997, her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.


Jane has also won the Marian Engel Award and is a recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been named to France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as a chevalier. She currently lives outside of Toronto.