Lynne Kositsky is an award-winning Canadian poet and author. Lynne has taught at the middle school, secondary school, and university levels, but resigned ten 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. Her first novel, Candles, was short-listed for the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Award. A Question of Will, her third novel, concerns the Shakespeare Authorship question and has garnered considerable critical acclaim. It was recently on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington in their “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 in 2006.
Lynne’s first book in the Our Canadian Girl Series, Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining, published by Penguin, won a White Raven Award, given by the International Youth Library in Munich to books which "contribute to an international understanding of a culture and people,” and was nominated for a Hackmatack Award. Her second book in the series, Rachel: The Maybe House, was nominated for a Golden Oak adult literacy award, while Rachel: An Elephant Tree Christmas, was also nominated for a Hackmatack Award. Lynne’s other recent book is Claire by Moonlight, a novel about the Acadians of Nova Scotia.
A Shakespeare buff, Lynne writes academic articles with Professor Roger Stritmatter about Shakespeare’s Tempest. Their articles on the subject have appeared in Review of English Studies and The Oxfordian. Others will soon appear in Critical Survey and The Shakespeare Yearbook.
Minerva’s Voyage, Lynne’s latest book, is an adventure mystery based on a shipwreck in the Bermudas in 1609, and Lynne is now hard at work on a sequel, as well as on Kondar, her first Science Fiction novel.