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About the Author: Anne DeGrace

Anne DeGrace, author of OBOK 2010, Treading Water.

Anne DeGrace


Anne DeGrace is a librarian, journalist, writer, illustrator, volunteer, and multi-tasker. She is the author of three novels, has illustrated a number of books for children for Bluefield Books and Polestar Book publishers, and self-published a series of coffee table photographic books about her community of Nelson, and about the West Kootenay.


Treading Water (McArthur & Co., 2005)—inspired by the community of Renata that once flourished on Lower Arrow Lake in British Columbia—is her first book of fiction. W.P. Kinsella, writing in Books in Canada, said: “The characters spring to life and become like old friends revisited every few years. The writing is clear as a bell, and the stories are very moving.”

Subsequent novels include Wind Tails (McArthur, 2007), published in the U.S. as Far From Home, and Sounding Line, (McArthur & Co., 2009), which draws from her family’s Nova Scotia roots. Anne’s short stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, and Wascana Review.

Anne works at the Nelson Library and lives in the South Slocan, British Columbia, with her partner Phillip, three dogs, a cat, and a dozen or so chickens. She has three grown children.

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