About Katherine

Katherine Govier’s most recent novel The Ghost Brush is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave. It has been published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and will appear in translation in Spain, Quebec, and Japan.

Katherine’s novel Creation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003.  She won Canada's Marian Engel Award for a woman writer (1997) and the Toronto Book Award (1992). She has twice been shortlisted for the Trillium prize.

The author of twelve books, Katherine has been instrumental in establishing two innovative writing programs. In 1989, with teacher Trevor Owen, she helped found Writers in Electronic Residence. Today she is the founder and Director of The Shoe Project working to improve the written and spoken English of immigrant women.

Katherine travels between Toronto and Canmore Alberta, with her partner, a food and wine publisher, and their dog Jasper. She holds a black belt in classical martial arts and loves skiing and hiking in the Rockies.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

M.A. English, York University, Toronto, Canada (1972)

B.A. Honours English (first class), The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1970)

Shodan (black belt) Kobudo, ancient Japanese weapons (2002); Brown Belt, Iaido, Japanese sword, 2003

Illustrated Japanese Books, 1 week course, 2006, Rare Books School, University of Virginia

 

PUBLICATIONS

FICTION

2011
THE PRINTMAKER'S DAUGHTER, a novel
Harper Collins, US, 2011
A Harper Perennial paperback
(published in Canada as The Ghost Brush)

2010
THE GHOST BRUSH, a novel
Harper Collins, 2010
(published in the US under the title The Printmaker's Daughter)

2005
THREE VIEWS OF CRYSTAL WATER, a novel
4th Estate, London, 2005
Harper Collins, Toronto, 2005
Harper Perennial, Toronto and London, 2006

2002
CREATION, a novel
Random House Canada, 2002
Overlook Press, New York, 2003
Vintage Canada, 2003

2000
THE TRUTH TELLER, a novel
Random House Canada, 2000
Vintage Canada, 2001

1996
ANGEL WALK, a novel
Little, Brown Canada, 1996
Little, Brown Canada, 1997; reprint - Vintage Canada, 2000

1994
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY, short stories
Little, Brown Canada, 1994
Little, Brown Canada, 1995; reprint - Vintage Canada, 2000

1991
HEARTS OF FLAME, a novel
Viking Canada, 1991
Penguin Canada, 1992

1989
BEFORE AND AFTER, a collection of short stories,
Viking Canada, 1989
Penguin Canada, 1990

1987
BETWEEN MEN, a novel
Viking Canada, 1987
Penguin Canada, 1988
Viking U.K., 1988
Penguin U.K., 1988

1985
FABLES OF BRUNSWICK AVENUE, short stories
Penguin Canada, 1985
Penguin U.K., 1986
Harper Perennial Canada, 2005

1982
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, a novel
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1982
St. Martins Press, New York, 1983
Seal Books, Toronto, 1983

1979
RANDOM DESCENT, a novel
Macmillan of Canada, 1979,
New American Library, 1980
Penguin Canada and U.K., 1986
Vintage Canada, 2000

 

NON-FICTION, editor

2003
SOLO: WRITERS ON PILGRIMAGE: Stories by Margaret Atwood, Ivan Klima, Mark Kurlansky, Kate Grenville and others.
McClelland and Stewart, Toronto
Mondadori, Italy
Mouria, Netherlands

1994
WITHOUT A GUIDE: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, Toronto, 1994
Hungry Mind Press, U.S, 1996
Pandora UK, 1996
Bzztoh, Netherlands,1996

 

WRITING ON/WITH ART AND ARTISTS

“Moorings” in Tim Zuck: Learning to Talk, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia /Museums London 2002
“Chasing Audubon”. Imperial Oil Review, Toronto 2002
“Lisette Model, A Life in Pictures” in PAPER GUITAR: 27 WRITERS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF DESCANT MAGAZINE, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 1995
“Grass”, The McIntyre Ranch Project, Southern Albert Art Gallery, 2005. A wall mounted prose poem in exhibition of visual and prose artists.

 

SCRIPTS

1997 'Angel Walk': for Bravo Fact video
1998 'Angel Walk': full-length dramatization for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio
1994 'The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery': 3 stories for CBC radio
1992 'The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery': television half-hour commissioned by CBC
1989 Three stories from BEFORE AND AFTER, ' Toronto / New York ', 'Monte Carlo Night', and 'The Bomb Scare': for CBC radio

 

SPEAKING TOURS

2006 India tour: World Book Fair, New Delhi; American International School, Delhi University
2004 Princeton University Canadian Studies program
2004 Tokyo-Embassy of Canada
2003 New York and Boston Public Libraries
2002 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
2000 Fellow, Maclean Hunter Program for Creative Non-Fiction, Banff Center for the Arts, Chaired by Michael Ignatieff, July.
1995 Lahti International Writers' Reunion, June, Lahti, Finland (Representing Canada)
1993 Reading tour of Japan, at invitation of the Canadian Embassy

 

AWARDS

“Famous Fifty”: one of 50 alumni chosen to celebrate 50 years of York University, Toronto
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Alberta, 1998
Marian Engel Award for a Woman Writer in mid-Career, 1997
Toronto Book Award, Hearts of Flame, 1993

 

ACTIVITIES

2005- PRESENT Board member Toronto Arts Council
2000- PRESENT Board member, Canadian Council for Civil Liberties
1997- PRESENT Board Member, Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Simon Fraser University
1997-98 President, PEN Canada
1989-92 Chair, Writers' Development Trust

 

APPOINTMENTS

Visiting Lecturer, Canadian Journalism for Foreign Trained Writers, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario
Writer-in-Residence, Richmond Hill Public Library
Lecturer, Journalism After Degree Program (JRAD), Ryerson Politechnical University, Toronto 2002
Writer-in -Residence, Toronto Reference Library, April- June, 1998
Writer-in-Residence, Toronto Public Library System, October 1994-April 1995
Research Fellow, Leeds University, Leeds, England, 1987
Visiting Lecturer, Program in Creative Writing, York University, Toronto 1982-1986

 


 

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