• Biography

    John Bell is the author or editor of nearly twenty books touching on various aspects of Canadian history and culture. A former editor of the poetry magazine Arc, he has contributed to a wide variety of periodicals, including Literary Review of Canada, Event, This Magazine, and Maisonneuve. His work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and collections, the most recent being Compostela: Tesseracts Twenty (2017). As well, he has given readings and lectured on cultural history in many different venues and has served as the curator of several exhibitions and websites for the Canadian Museum of Caricature, the National Library, and the National Archives. He lives in Lunenburg.

    The late Malcolm Ross, one of Canada's most renowned literary scholars, offered the following description of John's work: "John Bell is a unique figure in our literary landscape. He goes his own way and is more likely to create fashions than to follow them."

    Publications
    • Rebels on the Great Lakes: Confederate Naval Commando Operations Launched from Canada, 1863-1864. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2011. ISBN-13 9781554889860

    • Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2006. Foreword by Seth. ISBN-13 9781550026597

    • Confederate Seadog: John Taylor Wood in War and Exile. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2002. ISBN 978-0-7864-1352-2

    • (editor) Against the Raging Sea: Stories from the Golden Age. Lawrencetown Beach, NS: Pottersfield Press, 2002. ISBN-10 1-895900-48-4 / ISBN-13 978-1-895900-48-4

    • (editor) Atlantic Sea Stories. Porters Lake, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 1995. ISBN 0-919001-91-2

    • (editor) The Grand-Slam Book of Canadian Baseball Writing. Porters Lake, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 1993. ISBN 0-919001-79-3

    • Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art. Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1992. ISBN 0662193474

    • (editor) Ottawa: A Literary Portrait. Porters Lake, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 1992. Foreword by Sandra Gwyn. ISBN 0-919001-74-2

    • (editor) Halifax: A Literary Portrait. Porters Lake, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 1990. Foreword by Robert MacNeil. ISBN 0-919001-65-3

    • Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Montreal: Matrix Books, 1986. Foreword by Harlan Ellison. ISBN 0-921101-00-7

    • (co-editor with Lesley Choyce) Visions from the Edge: An Anthology of Atlantic Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Porters Lake, N.S.: Pottersfield Press, 1981. ISBN 0-919001-03-3

    Awards
    • Joe Shuster Award (2016)