Nancy and her Strawberry Smelling Unicorn edited the overview of Alan Cumyn Sunday, August 21, 2011.
"Alan Cumyn is the award-winning author of nine wide-ranging and often wildly different novels, seven for adults and two for children. His historical novels The Sojourn and The Famished Lover chronicle the First World War and Great Depression experiences of artist Ramsay Crome. His human rights novels, Man of Bone and Burridge Unbound, follow a torture victim through survival and post-trauma. Losing It is a darkly funny and truly twisted novel about madness, while his Owen Skye books for kids hilariously trace the calamitous trials of childhood and the pangs of early love. Cumyn has a master of arts in creative writing from the University of Windsor where he studied under Alistair Macleod. He taught English in China and Indonesia, ran a group home in Toronto for Katimavik, and for eight years wrote on international human rights issues for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He has also been a writing mentor through Humber College and writer in residence at the University of Ottawa. A two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award, Cumyn has also had adult novels nominated for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award, while his work for children has won or been nominated for ten national awards. He is currently adapting two of his novels for the screen."-Alan Cumyn Biography, Banff Centre