Caroline Adderson was born and raised in Alberta. After high school, she joined the youth program Katimavik and spent a year living in different communities across Canada doing volunteer work: carpentry, radio broadcasting, sheep farming. She then settled in Vancouver where she attended the University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Education with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Over the next ten years she worked as an ESL teacher. Her first collection of stories, Bad Imaginings, was published in 1993; stories from it have appeared in 19 anthologies world-wide. She has gone on to write internationally published novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), another collection of short stories (Pleased To Meet You), many books for young readers, and to edit and co-author the non-fiction book Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the 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. A two-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and three-time CBC Literary Award winner, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, the filmmaker Bruce Sweeney, their son and their dog.
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In 1984 I was a student at the University of British Columbia living in a shared house. One day my housemate, a fanatical reader, showed me some old scrapbooks from her childhood. These were her first reading logs, dating from … Continue reading