Born on January 12th, 1960 in Ottawa, Anne DeGrace came to B.C. in 1981. A librarian and journalist living in Nelson, she is the author of two photographic books of the West Kootenary region.

Her first novel, Treading Water (McArthur & Co., 2005), traces a fictional community in the B.C. interior from its first settler to the last to leave in the face of hydroelectric dam development in the 1960s. It's based on the fate of Renata, B.C., a community submerged under 35 feet of water by the erection of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam.

Her follow-up novels are Wind Tails (2007) and Sounding Line (2009). The latter is derived for a reported UFO sighting in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia, that produced a media frenzy and the arrival of both American and Canadian military ships in the harbour. That incident has been dubbed 'Canada's Roswell.' DeGrace has fictionalized the story, concentrating on how the hoopla impacts one particular family.

Her first collection of Trans-Canada short stories is Flying with Amelia (McArthur 2011) with a variety of settings between 1901 and 1999: "A St. John's boy learns the finer points of communication while his employer Marconi receives the first transatlantic wireless signal. A British Home Child finds sorrow and solace on an Ontario farmstead. In 1920s Montreal, a one-armed WWI veteran gambles everything for a future with a beautiful, intelligent, political young woman. In northern Manitoba, German prisoners of war find creative ways to quell boredom. RCMP officers snatch Doukhobor children in British Columbia, while a decade later U.S. draft dodgers find refuge in Canada. In the Maritimes, a young man answers a personal ad written by a Saskatchewan schoolteacher, resulting in recipes and romance set against a backdrop of unrest during the Great Depression."

BOOKS:

Treading Water (McArthur & Company 2005)
Wind Tails (McArthur 2007) / republished as Far From Home (Avon 2009) in the U.S.
Sounding Line (McArthur 2009)
Flying with Amelia (McArthur 2011 / Trade paper, Cormorant, 2014)

[Anne DeGrace's past titles are now with Cormorant Books]

[BCBW 2015] "Fiction"