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 twelve 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 recently 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.
As well as a Young Adult author, Lynne is a Shakespeare buff, who writes academic essays about the Bard. One of her articles, regarding the possible influence of William Strachey’s True Reportory on The Tempest, co-authored with Professor Roger Stritmatter, was published by Review of English Studies (Oxford University), and directly influenced the plot of her tenth and latest novel, Minerva’s Voyage.
Other Shakespeare articles have been published in The Shakespeare Yearbook and Critical Survey, etc.
She is working on further essays about The Tempest and King Lear, besides working on a sequel to Minerva’s Voyage and a sci-fi novel about the plague on Kondar, a far-off planet.