• Biography

    STEPHEN KIMBER, a Professor of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster.

    He is the author of 10 books, including a novel, Reparations (HarperCollins, 2006), and nine non-fiction titles, including: IWK: A Century of Caring (Nimbus 2009); Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of a Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 1783-1792 (Doubleday 2008); Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War (Doubleday 2002); NOT GUILTY: The Trial of Gerald Regan (Stoddart 1999); Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash (Doubleday 1999; updated 2nd edition, Nimbus, 2013); More Than Just Folks (Pottersfield 1996); and Net Profits (Nimbus 1990). He is also co-author of the book The Spirit of Africville (Formac 1992) and the updated 2nd edition of Thomas Raddall’s Governor General’s award-winning classic Halifax: Warden of the North (Nimbus 2010).

    His most recent book—What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (Fernwood 2013) —is a narrative nonfiction book that tells the story of a network of Cuban intelligence agents arrested in Florida in 1998 and sentenced to long terms in prison in the United States for trying to prevent terrorist attacks against their country. The book was long-listed for a Libris Award for the Best Nonfiction Book published in Canada in 2013, and won the Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction at the 2014 East Coast Literary Awards. Since its publication, Kimber has toured extensively in the United States and Canada to discuss the book and the case, including meeting with U.S. Congress Representatives and State Department officials. On December 17, 2014, the three members of the Cuban Five still in prison were released as part of an historic rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

    He is currently the Senior Feature Writer for The Coast, a Halifax weekly, a weekly columnist for Halifax Metro and a Contributing Editor for Atlantic Business Magazine.

    Since 1983, he has taught journalism at the University of King's College, where he specializes in creative nonfiction. From 1996 to 2003, 2007-08 and 2013-14, he was Director of the School. In 2001, he completed a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. He and his wife, Jeanie Kimber, live in Halifax. They have three grown children. You can read excerpts from his work at his website.

    Publications
    • What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. Fernwood, 2013. ISBN 978-1-55266-542-8

    • Halifax: Warden of the North. (Updated edition with three chapters by Stephen Kimber) Nimbus 2010. ISBN 978-1-55109-715-2.

    • IWK: A Century of Caring for Families. Nimbus 2009. ISBN 978-1-551-09712-1.

    • Loyalists and Layabouts. Doubleday, 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-66172-0 .

    • Reparations. Harper Collins, 2006. ISBN 978-0-00-639311-5.

    • Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War. Doubleday, 2002. ISBN 0-385-25994-8.

    • NOT GUILTY: The Trial of Gerald Regan. Stoddart, 1999. ISBN 0-7737-3192-X.

    • Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash. Doubleday, 1999. ISBN 0-7704-2840-1

       Flight 111: A Year in the Life of a Tragedy, 2nd Edition. Nimbus, 2013. ISBN 978-1771080842.

    • More Than Just Folks. Pottersfield, 1996. ISBN 1-895900-01-8

    • Spirit of Africville. co-author, Maritext. ISBN 0-88780-084-X

    • Net Profits. Nimbus, 1990. ISBN 0-921054-08-4.

    Awards
    • Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award (2013) for What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.

      Longlisted for the Libris Award for Best Book of Nonfiction Published in Canada (2013) for What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.

    • Shortlisted for Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction and the Dartmouth Book Award for Nonfiction (2008) for Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of Shelburne, NS, 1783-1792.

    • Shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and the Crime Writers' of Canada First Novel Award (2006) for Reparations.

    • Winner of the Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award, the Dartmouth Book Award for Nonfiction, and the Torgi Award for  Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs(2003).

      Shortlisted for the Atlantic Booksellers' Choice Award for Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs (2003).

    • Winner, Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for Public Service (2002).

    • Shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award for Non-fiction for Net Profits (1990).

    • Winner of 10 Atlantic Journalism Awards:

      • 2007 (Silver)
      • 2009 (Gold)
      • 2010 (Gold)
      • 2012 (Gold)
      • 2013 (Gold)
      • 2014 (Gold)
      • 2015 (3 Gold, 1 Silver)