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.