Anne Michaels was born in Toronto
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, in 1958. Michaels attended Vaughan Road Academy
Vaughan Road Academy is a Toronto District School Board International Baccalaureate school in the Oakwood-Vaughan neighbourhood of Toronto, Canada. Vaughan Road is situated at the Vaughan Road and Winona Drive intersection close to Oakwood Avenue and southwest of Forest Hill. It works in...
and then later the University of Toronto
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, where she is an adjunct faculty in the Department of English. Her first book, The Weight of Oranges
(1986), a volume of poetry, was awarded the Commonwealth Prize. She received the National Magazine Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and a nomination for the Governor General's Award
Each winner of the 1991 Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit received $10,000 and a medal from the Governor General of Canada. The winners were selected by a panel of judges administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.-Fiction:Winner:...
for her second collection, Miner's Pond
(1991). Michaels has written two novels. She is best known for her novel Fugitive Pieces
[Library of Toronto Profile]
(1997 in the UK), it was awarded the Books in Canada First Novel Award
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, the Trillium Book Award
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, Orange Prize for Fiction
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and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Michaels, who has also composed musical scores for the theater, has said "when you put a tremendous amount of love into your work, as in any relationship, you can't know--you can only hope--that what you're offering will in some way be received. You shape your love to artistic demands, to the rigors of your genre. But still, it's a labor of love, and it's the nature of love that you must give it freely."
She will also be partaking in the Bush Theatre
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's 2011 project Sixty Six
where she has written a piece based upon a chapter of the King James Bible
- Fugitive Pieces (1996)
- The Winter Vault
The Winter Vault is Anne Michaels' second novel. The Winter Vault is the story of Avery and Jean who are living in Egypt in 1964, when the great temple at Abu Simbel must be rescued from the rising waters of the Asawan Dam. Avery is overseeing how the temple is taken apart and rebuilt again....
- The Weight of Oranges (1986)
- Miners Pond (1991)
- Skin Divers (1999)
- Poems (2000)