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Frances Itani

Frances Susan Itani (born August 25, 1942) (née Hill) is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and essayist. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Itani was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up in Quebec. She studied nursing in Montreal and North Carolina, a profession which she taught and practised for eight years. However, after enrolling in a writing class taught by W. O. Mitchell, she decided to change careers.

She married Tetsuo (Ted) Itani, a retired Canadian Forces officer and humanitarian, in 1967.[1]

Itani has published thirteen books, ranging from fiction and poetry to a children's book. Her 2003 novel Deafening was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada region, and has been published in 16 countries.


  • Bibliography 1
    • Children's 1.1
    • Short stories 1.2
    • Poetry 1.3
    • Novels 1.4
  • References 2
  • External links 3



  • Linger By the Sea (1979) (illustrated by Molly Bobak)
  • Best Friend Trouble (2014) (illustrated by Genevieve Despres)

Short stories

  • Pack Ice (1989)
  • Truth or Lies (1989)
  • Man Without Face (1994)
  • Poached Egg on Toast (2004)


  • A Season of Mourning
  • No Other Lodgings (1978)
  • Rentee Bay: poems from the Bay of Quinte, 1785-89 (1983)


  • Leaning, Leaning Over Water (1998)
  • Deafening (2003)
  • Remembering the Bones (2007)
  • Missing (2011)
  • Requiem (2011)
  • Tell (2014) (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize)


  1. ^ "Caring, in deeds as well as words"., October 28, 2007.

External links

  • Biography at Canada Reads
  • National Archives of Canada
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