Frances Itani, writer of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, reviews and children's books, has published 16 books including her recent novel Tell, a bestseller, shortlisted for the 2014 Giller Prize in Canada and published in the U.S. by Black Cat (Grove/Atlantic) Jan 2015. Her children's book, Best Friend Trouble, was published by Orca, also in 2014 (Picture book, K-3). She won a Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book, 2004, for Deafening, a #1 bestseller, which was also short-listed for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award & the William Saroyan International Award. Her novel Remembering the Bones, also a bestseller, was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize and has been published internationally, most recently in Germany (BerlinVerlag). She is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award for short stories, and won the Ottawa Book Award twice for her story collections, Man Without Face and Poached Egg on Toast. The latter also won the 2005 CAA Jubilee Award for Best Book of Canadian Stories. Itani co-edited Danuta Gleed's posthumous stories, One of the Chosen. She reviews occasionally for the Washington Post, and has written essays, articles and stories for publications that include the Globe & Mail, Brick, Canadian Geographic, Ottawa Citizen, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Ottawa City Magazine, etc.
Born in Belleville, ON, Itani moved with her family to a Quebec village on the Ottawa River at age 4. She taught and practised Nursing at the Montreal General Hospital, Duke University; and at McGill studying post-graduate Nursing). She has a B.A. in Psychology from University of Alberta and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Brunswick. She has lived in seven Canadian provinces, in England, U.S.A., Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Japan. In 2009 she was awarded a fellowship by Civitella Ranieri Foundation and spent two months in retreat at a castle in Umbria, Italy, while working on her novel Requiem. Her award-winning novel, Deafening, has been published and translated in 17 territories, most recently in China, and was optioned for film. It also won the Kingston Reads Award , MacEwan University Book of the Year, the Drummer General's Award and was chosen for CBC's 2006 Canada Reads and Combat des Livres.
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