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Joan Thomas

Joan Thomas grew up on the Canadian prairies and lives in Winnipeg. She and her husband have one daughter. She studied English at the University of Winnipeg and taught high school English in three different schools, as well as in a teacher-training program in the Caribbean. She's worked as a freelance writer, reviewer, and editor, and as Writing and Publishing consultant for the Manitoba Arts Council.
   Reading By Lightning (2008)
   Curiosity (2010)
   The Opening Sky (2014)
   Five Wives (2019)
   Wild Hope (2023)
Joan Thomas recommends
Out of Mind (2021)
David Bergen
"David Bergen’s language is so pure and he listens so attentively to his characters that reading his work always stills me, like a meditation. In Out of Mind, Lucille has come to the end of her ways of knowing herself. But what does Lucille want? Bergen asks, and with consummate respect for her autonomy, he follows her on a journey towards the freedom that comes in knowing your own desires."
Petra (2020)
Shaena Lambert
"Petra by Shaena Lambert is a miracle of a novel, fully imagined and exquisitely written. Petra Kelly herself is incandescent on its pages, as she was in the world. I read her story with deep appreciation for the light it casts on the global fix we're in."

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