Joan Thomas

Joan Thomas has worked as a freelance writer, reviewer, and editor, as well as an arts administrator. She is the author of three novels: Reading by Lightning (Goose Lane Editions) which won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, Curiosity (McClelland & Stewart) which was named a Quill and Quire Book of the Year and was nominated for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, and The Opening Sky (McLelland & Stewart) which won the McNally Robinson Prize for Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. She has won a National Magazine Awar, and her interview-based features with writers have been published in the Winnipeg Free Press and Prairie Fire.  Joan Thomas grew up on the Canadian prairies and she has spent much of her adult life involved in the arts community in Winnipeg.