Gary Blackwood


After spending most of his life in various parts of the United States, Gary immigrated to Canada several years ago. He lives on three acres of woods outside Tatamagouche.

At sixteen, Gary got his first encouraging letter from an editor and sold his first story at nineteen. After this promising start, he produced a seemingly endless string of unpublished books and collected a prodigious quantity of discouraging letters from editors. Finally, in 1987, Atheneum published his juvenile novel, Wild Timothy, followed by The Dying Sunand Beyond the Door. Then his editor was fired. Seven long years later – during which time he worked for The Institute of Children’s Literature, teaching others how to write and not sell their work – the publication of The Shakespeare Stealer resurrected his writing career, which has been goig strong ever since. His work covers the whole spectrum of kids’ books, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. Any time that’s left over hedevotes to writing plays for adults and young audiences. His adaptation of The Shakespeare Stealer has been produced many times in the U.S. in such venues as the Kennedy Center and Seattle Children’s Theatre.


ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal’s Best Books, Junior Library Guild selection, Recorded Books: ‘Year of the Hangman’.


Junior Library Guild selection, School Library Journal’s Best Books, ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults, Scholastic Book Club: ‘The Shakepeare Stealer’


ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Scholastic Book Club: ‘Shakepseare’s Scribe’

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