Patricia Kathleen Page, poet, prose writer, visual artist (b at Swanage, Dorset, England 23 Nov 1916, d at Victoria, BC 14 Jan 2010). With her family, P.K. Page left England in 1919 and settled in Red Deer, Alberta.
Barbara Gowdy, novelist, short-story writer (b at Windsor, Ont 25 Jun 1950). Barbara Gowdy grew up in Don Mills, a Toronto suburb, and attended York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC, OOnt, poet (born 30 December 1918 in Wooler, ON; died 21 April 2000 in Sidney, BC).
Anne Michaels, poet, novelist (born 15 April 1958 in Toronto, ON). Winner of the Commonwealth Prize as well as the Trillium Book Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Carol Shields, novelist, poet, playwright, biographer (born at Oak Park, Illinois 2 Jun 1935; died at Victoria, BC 16 Jul 2003). Shields was educated at Hanover College, Indiana, the University of Exeter England, and the University of Ottawa.
Catharine Parr Traill, née Strickland, pioneer writer, botanist (b at London, Eng 9 Jan 1802; d at Lakefield, Ont 29 Aug 1899). In 1832 Traill immigrated to Canada with her husband, half-pay Lieutenant Thomas Traill, and settled on the Otonabee River near Peterborough, next door to her sister Susanna Moodie.
David Adams Richards, novelist, short-story writer, memoirist (b Newcastle, NB 17 October 1950).
David Gilmour, novelist, film critic, journalist (born at London, Ont 22 December 1949). David Gilmour grew up in Toronto, where he attended Upper Canada College.
After graduating from UBC, Chong moved to Ottawa for a career in the public service at the Department of Finance (1975-80). From there she moved to the Prime Minister's Office, as a special advisor on British Columbia issues.
Elizabeth Smart, writer (born 27 December 1913 in Ottawa, ON; died 4 March 1986 in London, England).
Eric Walters, writer (born at Toronto, Ont 3 Mar 1957). Raised in Toronto, Eric Walters began his career as a social worker, receiving a BA in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Social Work at York University.
John Hugh MacLennan, novelist, essayist, professor (b at Glace Bay, NS 20 Mar 1907; d at Montréal 7 Nov 1990). Hugh MacLennan is best known as the first major English-speaking writer to attempt a portrayal of Canada's national character.
Sara Jeannette Duncan, journalist, novelist (b at Brantford, Canada W 22 Dec 1861; d at Ashstead, Eng 22 July 1922). Duncan's notable career as a journalist in the 1880s testifies to her determination and ability.
Guy Clarence Vanderhaeghe, writer, playwright (born at Esterhazy, Sask 5 Apr 1951). Guy Vanderhaeghe grew up in Esterhazy, a mining town in southeastern Saskatchewan.
Gillian (Gil) Adamson, poet, novelist (b at North York, Ont, 1961). Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, Gil Adamson studied anthropology and philosophy at the University of Toronto.
Robert Munsch, children's writer and storyteller (b at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 11 Jun 1945). Robert Munsch is an enormously successful children's writer, and Canada's best-selling author. His books have sold over 30 million copies in more than a dozen languages.
William Patrick (W.P.) Kinsella, OC, OBC, writer (born 25 May 1935 in Edmonton, AB; died 16 September 2016 in Hope, BC).
Mavis Leslie Gallant, CC, writer (born 11 August 1922 in Montréal, QC; died 18 February 2014 in Paris, France). In 1950, 28-year-old Montréal native Mavis Gallant decided to do something that many, many before and after her have done.
Adele Wiseman, novelist (b at Winnipeg, Man 21 May 1928; d at Toronto, Ont 1 June 1992). Wiseman's Russian-Jewish parents emigrated in the early 1920s from the Ukraine to Winnipeg.
Agnes Maule Machar, novelist, poet, historian (b at Kingston, Ont 23 Jan 1837; d there 24 Jan 1927). An important reformist and literary figure in Victorian Canada, she was a prolific writer who published poetry, several novels and volumes of history and biography.
Alan Bradley, writer, media technologist and teacher (born at Toronto, Ont, 1938). Alan Bradley was raised in Cobourg Ontario.
Alan Cumyn, writer (b at Ottawa 1960). Alan Cumyn was born and grew up in Ottawa. He spent one year at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC, and then transferred to Queen's University, where he completed a BA in English and History.
Alfred Goldsworthy Bailey, historian, poet, man of letters (b at Québec City 18 Mar 1905; d at Fredericton 21 Apr 1997).
Alison Pick, poet and novelist (born at Toronto, 1975).
Alissa York, writer, educator (born at Athabasca, AB 1970). Alissa York studied English literature at McGill University and considered a life in zoology or biology because of her love of animals.