Joan Payzant has written numerous books and articles about the history of Dartmouth, Halifax and Nova Scotia. These include non-fiction, and fiction for children. She was born in Dartmouth and grew up hearing stories of the Halifax Explosion, which are featured in her books Who’s a Scaredy-cat! and December, 1917, Revisiting the Halifax Explosion. Joan is a graduate of Dalhousie.
Winner of the 1993 Canadian Authors Association Marianna Dempster Award; ‘Who’s A Scaredy-Cat!’
Winner of the 1980 Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Trust Award; ‘Like a Weaver’s Shuttle: a History of Halifax-Dartmouth Ferries’.