Joan Clark

Joan Clark is a St. John's-based novelist. She won the Marian Engel Award in 1991 for her body of work.
Joan Clark is the author of several critically acclaimed novels and the co-founder of the literary journal Dandelion. (University of Prince Edward Island)

Joan Clark is a St. John's-based novelist. She is a founding member of the Alberta Writers Guild, as well as the co-founder of Dandelion, a literary journal. In 1991, she received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work.

Clark's novel The Victory of Geraldine Gull was shortlisted for the 1988 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her 1995 novel, The Dream Carvers, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for historical fiction for young people.

Clark's early work involved stories for children and young adults. In 1999, she received the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work that inspires Canadian youth.

Her novel Latitudes of Melt was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2015, she published her fifth novel, entitled The Birthday Lunch. She is also the author of Eiriksdottir, An Audience of Chairs, as well as two short story collections and YA novels.

Books by Joan Clark


Joan Clark says hr greatest fear would be not being able to write any more. Clark has written numerous books - her early works were mostly for children and young adults. As well as short stories. But there have been novels, such as Eriksdottir, An Audience of Chairs, Lattitudes of Melt and Road to Bliss. All have won Joan Clark critical praise. But Clark has also enjoyed the role of mentor to other writers. And she'll get to that this fall when she takes up the writer in residence position at the University of New Brunswick.


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