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Jane Urquhart

Canada (b.1949)

Jane Urquhart was born in the tiny mining town of Little Long Lac, about 200 miles north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was the second of three children and the only daughter of Marian (Quinn) and Walter Carter, a prospector and mining engineer. The family lived in their northern outpost until they moved to Toronto when Jane was six. Educated at Havergal College, she attended a junior college in Vancouver for one year before entering the University of Guelph, where she obtained her BA in English Literature in 1971. While there, she met visual artist Paul Keele, and they were married in 1968. Keele was killed in a car accident in 1973; Jane then returned to the University of Guelph to study Art History, obtaining her second BA in 1976. The same year, she married visual artist Tony Urquhart. The Urquharts have one daughter, Emily, born in 1977.

Jane Urquhart boasts a distinguished career as poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She and her husband currently reside in southwestern Ontario.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Whirlpool (1986)
   Changing Heaven (1990)
   Away (1993)
   The Underpainter (1997)
   The Stone Carvers (2001)
   A Map of Glass (2005)
   Sanctuary Line (2010)
   The Night Stages (2015)
   In Winter I Get Up at Night (2024)
   I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace (poems) (1982)
   False Shuffles (poems) (1982)
   The Little Flowers of Madame De Montespan (poems) (1983)
   Storm Glass (1987)
   Some Other Garden (poems) (2000)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction show
Jane Urquhart recommends
Bright Burning Things (2021)
Lisa Harding
"A fearless, fully compelling and illuminating look at one young woman's journey through addiction towards a greater understanding of herself and the richness of parenthood. I was both shaken and completely absorbed."

Award nominations
2001 Booker Prize (longlist) : The Stone Carvers
1996 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : Away

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