John Bemrose

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Title: John Bemrose
Dates of Material:
85 cm of textual records
1 photograph
Biographical sketch

John Bemrose (1947-) is a Canadian writer and novelist. He grew up in Paris, Ontario, the son of town historian and 2009 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, Fred Bemrose. He graduated from Victoria University, University of Toronto, in 1970, and worked as a sales representative for a publishing company before becoming a freelance arts journalist, publishing reviews and articles in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Maclean’s.

Bemrose’s first novel, The Island Walkers, 2003, was inspired by memories of his home town, Paris, Ontario, and quickly became a national bestseller. It was a nominee for The Giller Prize and made the Longlist for the Man Booker Prize. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Going Under and Imagining Horses, and a play, Mother Moon. His second novel, The Last Woman, was published in 2009.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records relating to John Bemrose's first novel, The Island Walkers, 2003, including chapter drafts, correspondence with publishers, reviews, and awards, 2002-2009.

Source of supplied title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from John Bemrose, 2012

Finding aids

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Access points

Bemrose, John, 1947-