There were several good contenders for the letter H in my CanLit Project, but Helen Humphreys was the writer I finally decided on. Next came the decision of which of her books to read, because most of them sound good to me. After this project is over, I am going to have a whole new (giant) Canadian TBR list.
Helen Humphreys was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England in 1961, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. She writes both poetry and novels. In 2009, Helen Humphreys won the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. There is not a lot of information about Humphreys on her website, or at Wikipedia. I’m going to assume that she likes it that way, and leave it at that. Instead, I will talk about her books.
Leaving Earth (1997) – winner of the 1998 City of Toronto Book Award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Anthem (1999) – her most recent poetry collection, which won the 2000 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry
Afterimage (2000) – won the 2000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
The Lost Garden (2002) – was a 2003 Canada Reads selection, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Wild Dogs (2004) – won the 2005 Lambda Prize for fiction
The Frozen Thames (2007) – a work of creative non-fiction, was a #1 national bestseller
Coventry (2008) – was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction
The Reinvention of Love (2011) – longlisted for the Dublin Impac Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction
Nocturne (2013) – a memoir about the life and death of her brother, Martin The Story Behind the Story: Helen Humphreys on Nocturne (National Post)