Canadian novelist Ann Ireland dead at 65

Ann Ireland's books include Exile and Where's Bob?
Ann Ireland published five novels over her career. (Dundurn Press)

Canadian novelist Ann Ireland died on Aug. 23, 2018 of carcinoid syndrome at the age of 65.

Ireland published five novels, beginning with the book A Certain Mr. Takahashi, which won the 1985 Seal First Novel Award, a prestigious $50,000 prize. She was later nominated for the 2002 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for the book Exile.

Ireland's most recent book, Where's Bob?, the story of a recently divorced woman's Mexican vacation with her estranged mother, was published by Biblioasis in May of 2018.

Since 1991, Ireland had been a creative writing instructor with The Chang School at Ryerson University. She also served as president of PEN Canada from 1998 to 1999.

In addition to Toronto, she and her husband, the painter Tim Deverell, have lived in New York, Mexico and Berkeley, CA.

"I'm deeply saddened. She was a wonderful writer, and all of us at Biblioasis were excited to finally work with her on Where's Bob? We imagined it would be the first of many more books — and having had the privilege, we are sadder still," said Bibliosasis publisher Dan Wells.

"She was a generous, fiercely intelligent person. She made everyone around her better. She'll be missed by so many."

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