Lynne Kositsky is an award-winning Canadian poet and author with a degree in psychology, another in education with specialties in English and drama, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto.
Lynne has taught at the middle school, secondary school, and university levels, but resigned 17 years ago to pursue writing children’s and young adult novels full time. Her poetry has won the prestigious E. J. Pratt Medal and Award, and the Canadian Author and Bookman Award. One of Lynne’s novels, A Question of Will, concerns the Shakespeare Authorship question and has garnered considerable critical acclaim. It was recently on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington in the Library’s “Golden Lads and Lasses” exhibit. Her 2004 Holocaust novel, The Thought of High Windows, received rave reviews in The Horn Book, Kirkus, The Washington Post, and many other journals and newspapers, besides being short-listed for several prizes. It won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Youth. Lynne’s first book in the Our Canadian Girl Series, Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining, won a White Raven Award, given by the International Youth Library in Munich to books that "contribute to an international understanding of a culture and people.” Her other books in the Rachel series were included on several shortlists.
Lynne has just finished a speculative Y.A. novel, The Plagues of Kondar, published by Dundurn in September, 2014. Her latest project, With Fearful Bravery, was published by Cormorant in fall 2014, and concerns Jewish refugees accepted in Shanghai during the Second World War. She is researching a sequel.
As well as a Young Adult author, Lynne is a Shakespeare buff, who writes academic essays about the Bard. One article, about the possible influence of William Strachey’s True Reportory on The Tempest, co-authored with Professor Roger Stritmatter of Baltimore, was published by Review of English Studies (Oxford University), directly influenced the plot of her latest teen novel, Minerva’s Voyage. Roger and Lynne have written six other scholarly articles together, and have completed a book On the Date, Sources and Design of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, published in June 2013 by McFarland in the US.
Lynne has given presentations all over Canada and the US. In 2012 she was invited to Ukraine to speak about Shakespeare and her teen novels at the Petro Mohyla University.