Lisa Moore


Lisa Moore's February is being defended by Trent McClellan for Canada Reads 2013.

Lisa Moore is the bestselling author of two award-winning novels and two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness (first published in 1995) and Open (published in 2002). In 2006, she published her debut novel, Alligator, which won the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best book. February was published in 2010 to both critical and commercial success, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Set in St. John's, the novel is based on the tragic true story of the 1982 Ocean Ranger oil-rig disaster.

Lisa grew up on the outskirts of St. John's, and still makes her home there — and her writing is strongly influenced by her life in Newfoundland. She originally intended to be a visual artist (she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), and she continues to paint today, but she shifted her primary focus to writing after joining the writing group Burning Rock at Memorial University.

Her latest novel, Caught, will be published by House of Anansi Press in June 2013. Anansi also recently published a collection of Lisa's selected short fiction — which contains an introduction by her Canada Reads competitor Jane Urquhart!