Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels
(A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

News and Events

Program Director, Writing Studio

Without a doubt the Banff Centre was been the most formative institution in my writing life.  I first went as a participant in the Writing Studio in 1986 under the directorship of the late, great Adele Wiseman.  I returned in 1991 when Rachel Wyatt was director.  Friends I made have remained in my life.  In later years I returned many times as faculty at both Wired Writing and the Writing Studio.  It is such an honour to have been named Greg Hollingshead‘s successor as program director.  Click here for more information, including how to apply to the Writing Studio.

Ellen in Pieces on The Next Chapter

How I loved Olive Kitteridge!  What an honour to have a book compared to it.  A huge thank you to Angie Abdou for talking up Ellen in Pieces  alongside Olive Kitteridge on CBC’s The Next Chapter.  You can read and listen to Angie here.


Satellite(s)/Vancouver Vanishes

It’s a real thrill when something you create inspires another creation.  “Solo Collective tackles the ever challenging Vancouver housing landscape with its play inspired by author Caroline Adderson’s book Vancouver Vanishes.”  Information about and tickets for Aaron Bushkowsky’s play Satellite(s) can be found here.  For more about Vancouver Vanishes click here.


Writer in Residence, Whistler Writers Festival

I’m delighted to be taking up residence on Alta Lake as the 2018 Writer in Residence for the Whistler Writers Festival.  In addition to working one-on-one with local authors, I’ll hosting events at the festival itself.  See the the full festival line-up here.


Writing Week on Denman Island 10-14 July

I’m so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, this time as Writer in Residence.  Click here for the full festival schedule.

2017 YWCA Women of Distinction — Arts, Culture and Design

Here is the line up for the 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees for Arts, Culture and Design.  Congratulations to Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, who won the award, and to all the nominees.



Authors for Indies, 29 April

Please come out and support your hard-working local bookstores at the 3rd annual Authors for Indies!  This year I’ll be recommending books at 32 Books in North Vancouver.  See you there!



2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award

It’s a huge honour to receive this nomination in the category of Arts, Culture and Design, especially along side such an amazing group of women in the arts community.  Read the entire list of nominees here.

Booked in Fernie!

Thrilled to be going to Fernie for the first time!  Come out for music, readings and conversation at the Fernie Heritage Library, Friday March 10th at 7:00pm.

Urbanarium City Debate

Should zoning laws be rewritten to protect character homes?  I think so and will be arguing for this with the brilliant heritage activist Michael Kluckner.  Wednesday March 8th, 6:30 pm, UBC Robson Square.  For more information to and reserve a seat, click here.