• Biography

    Donna Morrissey is originally from The Beaches in Newfoundland. Donna left this small outport on the west coast of the island when she was sixteen. She studied at Memorial University in St. John's and lived in various parts of Canada before settling down in Halifax, where she now lives.

    Donna Morrissey's best selling, award winning novel, Kit's Law, has been translated into Japanese, German and Dutch. Her two screenplays have won the Atlantic Film Scriptwriting Competition two years in succession, with one of her scripts, Clothesline Patch, filmed and aired on CBC. Clothesline Patch was nominated for two Geminis Awards, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series and Best Production, which it won. Her second novel, Downhill Chance, won the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Fiction, and Sylvanis Now won the Raddall and the Booksellers' Choice Award. What They Wanted, a sequel to Sylvanus Now, was released in Fall 2008.

     

    Publications
    • What They Wanted. Penguin, 2008, ISBN 978-0670044788.

    • Sylvanus Now. Penguin Canada, 2005. ISBN 0143014250.

    • Downhill Chance. Penguin Canada, 2002. ISBN 0143033603. US: Houghton Mifflin. UK: Hodder and Stoughton. Downhill.

    • "Grieving Nan." Atlantica: Stories from the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Lesley Choyce, Editor. Goose Lane Editions, 2001. ISBN 0-8692-309-0.

    • Kit's Law. Penguin Canada, 1999. ISBN 067088601-7.

    Awards
    • Winner of the 2006 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Winner of Bookseller's Choice Award; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Award; 'Sylvanus Now'

    • Winner of the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; 'Downhill Chance'

    • Shortlisted for the 2000 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; 'Kit's Law'

    • Winner of the Libris First Time Author of the Year Award; 'Kit's Law'

    • Winifred Holtby Prize in England which recognizes the best in regional fiction; 'Kit's Law'

    • Shortlisted for the Chapters First Novel Award; 'Kit's Law'