Frances Backhouse
BIO
Biography

Frances Backhouse is a former biologist whose wide-ranging curiosity about the world and love of literature enticed her into a writing career. With a passion for stories about nature, history, and the rich textures of the overlap zone, she has written seven books for adults and two for kids. She won the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the Lane Anderson Award, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction. Frances holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Victoria and has been a Writer in Residence at the Berton House Writers’ Retreat. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her partner, writer Mark Zuehlke.  

ADDRESS
City: Victoria, Province/Territory: British Columbia
EMAIL
GENRE
Creative Nonfiction
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Grizzly Bears: Guardians of the Wilderness
Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Year
2023
Title
Beavers: Radical Rodents and Ecosystem Engineers
Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Year
2021
Title
Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver
Publisher
ECW
Year
2015
Title
Children of the Klondike
Publisher
Whitecap Books
Year
2010
Title
Owls of North America
Publisher
Firefly Books
Year
2008
Title
Woodpeckers of North America
Publisher
Firefly Books
Year
2005
Title
Hiking With Ghosts: The Chilkoot Trail, Then and Now
Publisher
Raincoast Books
Year
1999
Title
Women of the Klondike
Publisher
Whitecap Books
Year
1995
AWARDS
Awards
Name
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
Publication
Children of the Klondike
Year
2010
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