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Photo credit
Robin Susanto
Michelle Barker
BIO
Biography

Michelle Barker’s most recent novel My Long List of Impossible Things (2020) is published by Annick Press and is a Junior Library Guild gold standard selection. Her previous novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes (2018, Annick Press) won numerous awards, including the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Year of Borrowed Men, finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her poetry, short fiction and non-fiction have been published in literary reviews around the world.  Michelle is represented by Hilary McMahon (Westwood Creative Artists) and works as a senior editor with The Darling Axe. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC and has spoken and taught at schools and writing conferences in both Canada and the U.S.

ADDRESS
City: Vancouver, Province/Territory: British Columbia
EMAIL
GENRE
Historical fiction, fantasy, YA, picture book, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
My Long List of Impossible Things
Publisher
Annick Press
Year
2020
Title
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Publisher
Annick Press
Year
2018
Title
A Year of Borrowed Men
Publisher
Pajama Press
Year
2015
Title
The Beggar King
Publisher
Thistledown Press
Year
2013
Title
Old Growth
Title
Clear Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii
Publisher
Leaf Press
Year
2012
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Finalist
Name
Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature
Publication
My Long List of Impossible Things
Year
2021
Name
Finalist
Name
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
Publication
My Long List of Impossible Things
Year
2021
Name
Ontario Library Association Best Bets
Publication
My Long List of Impossible Things
Year
2021
Name
Junior Library Guild gold standard pick
Publication
My Long List of Impossible Things
Year
2020
Name
Finalist
Name
Millikin Medal for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2020
Name
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (YA Fiction: General)
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2019
Name
Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2019
Name
Finalist
Name
Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2019
Name
Foreword Indies Book Award YA
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2019
Name
Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Name
young adult category
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2019
Name
Kirkus Best YA Historical Fiction of 2018
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2018
Name
Kirkus Best Book of the Week
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2018
Name
Junior Library Guild gold standard pick
Publication
The House of One Thousand Eyes
Year
2018
Name
Finalist
Name
Ontario Library Association 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award
Publication
A Year of Borrowed Men
Year
2016
Name
Finalist
Name
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Publication
A Year of Borrowed Men
Year
2016
Name
Winner
Name
Gold National Magazine Award in personal journalism
Publication
Event Magazine
Year
2002
Name
"Blessings"
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Any
Presentation Genre
Historical fiction, picture book, poetry, short fiction, YA
Presentation Length
One hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Assorted:

World War Two and the Pandemic

East Germany, a Real-Life Dystopia

A Year of Borrowed Men: my mother's experience growing up in Germany during WW2

Presentation Fee(s)
TBD
Workshop details
Audience Size
Any
Intended Audience
Adult
Workshop Length
1-2 hours
Workshop Description
Workshop description

Assorted:

  • What Teens Want From YA Literature…And How We Can Give it to Them (with David Brown)
  • Beyond Good Enough: Revising Scene by Scene (with David Brown)
  • Query Quest: The Hunt for Representation (with David Brown)
  • Setting the Stage (with David Brown)
  • Murder Your Darlings: A Webinar about Editing (with David Brown)
  • Using Short Forms to Learn How to Write a Novel
  • Rookie Mistakes
  • What She Said: Writing Effective Dialogue
  • Imagery: Where Poetry and Prose Intersect
  • From Research to Fiction
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: The Elements of Structure
  • What If? A Workshop on Writing Fantasy
  • Poetry for the terrified
Workshop Fee(s)
TBD
School presentation details
Audience Size
Any
Intended Audience
Historical fiction: grades 9-12 Picture book: grades 1-3
Presentation Length
1 hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Assorted:

World War Two and the Pandemic

East Germany, a Real-Life Dystopia

A Year of Borrowed Men: my mother's experience growing up in Germany during WW2

Programs & Interests
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