By Paula Brown
Faculty at Humber’s School for Writers have published many novels over the years — some becoming bestsellers and prize winners. Here are five of the most notable novels published by Humber faculty.
Author of the John Cardinal novels, Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario and studied English Literature at the University of Toronto. Blunt’s novels Forty Words for Sorrow, The Delicate Storm, and Until the Night follow protagonist Detective John Cardinal as he investigates murders in a small northern Algonquin town. Blunt’s first novel Forty Words for Sorrow won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger Award while his last two won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award. Blunt’s novels are the basis for the CBC TV series Cardinal. Blunt will be a teacher in the Creative Writing Program at Humber for the Jan. 2019 semester.
Kim Fu’s most recent novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore was published in February 2018. The story follows a group of young girls who find themselves stranded with no adults when they go on a overnight kayaking trip. Fu’s novel For Today I Am A Boy won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads. Fu was an instructor for the Sept. 2018 semester at Humber School for Writers.
The Marrow Thieves, is the latest novel by Cherie Dimaline. The story takes places in a dystopian society where indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow that gives the ability to dream again, something lost across the population. Dimaline’s novel was a winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award (Young People’s Literature), and the Kirkus Prize. Her novel was also shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Canada Reads and shortlisted for the Indigenous Literature Award. Dimaline is a part of Humber’s Sept. 2018 Faculty.
David Bezmozgis is the program director at Humber and is also the author of The Free World and The Betrayers. Both books have been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Bezmozgis has also written and directed two films Victoria Day and Natasha and has written as a staff writer for the television series Orphan Black.
Marina Endicott’s 2001 novel Open Arms tells the story of Bessie Smith Connelly who navigates the experiences of heart break and betrayal as she travels the country. Open Arms was shortlisted for the 2002 Amazon First Novel and her second novel Good to a Fault was a finalist in the 2008 Giller Prize. Endicott is currently working on a new novel The Difference.