Frances Itani, Member of the Order of Canada, is an award-winning author of 16 books: novels, poetry, short stories and children's books. Her most recent novel is Tell (a followup to Deafening), set in 1919, immediately after World War One. Requiem, published internationally, was named as a top fiction title in the U.S. by the Washington Post in 2012. Frances has written three books of poetry, including A Season of Mourning, illustrated by Molly Bobak, reissued in 2014 by Brick Books. Born in Belleville, Ontario, Ms. Itani grew up in rural Quebec and has lived in 7 provinces as well as in England, U.S.A., Switzerland, Germany, Italy and other countries. She taught and practised Nursing for 8 years, completed a B.A. (Univ. of Alberta) and an M.A. (Univ. of New Brunswick). A three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, she has taught Creative Writing at the Univ. of Ottawa, Banff Centre, Trent Univ., etc. Her novel Deafening, a #1 bestseller, translated and published in 17 countries, won a Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, was named Book of the Year (MacEwan University), won the Kingston Reads Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and chosen as a finalist for CBC's Canada Reads and Combat des Livres. Another bestseller, Remembering the Bones, was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize and published internationally. Ms. Itani reviews for the Washington Post. She has been involved in humanitarian work all her life, and lives in Ottawa.

Previously Appeared

Sunday Mar 29 2015 • 4:30 PM Eastern

Writers Festival
Pressed Cafe