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Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush's latest work is the forthcoming story collection, Skin (2025). She is the author of five novels, including Blaze Island (2020), a Globe and Mail Best Book and Hamilton Reads 2021 Selection; the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation (2013); the Trillium Award short-listed Claire’s Head (2004), and the national bestselling The Rules of Engagement (2000), also a New York Times Notable Book and a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year. Her first novel Minus Time (1993) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and a City of Toronto Book Award. A 2024 Landhaus Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and a 2019 Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK Institute for Advanced Study, also in Germany, she has spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and a team leader on the Imagining Climates project for the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Writer-in-Residence at universities including the University of Alberta, Guelph, McMaster and New Brunswick. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Emergence, the literary magazine Brick, and Best Canadian Essays. She lives in Toronto and a stone schoolhouse in Eastern Ontario.

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