A former Writer-in-Residence for the Winnipeg Public Library, Duncan Thornton has written lots of things, but is best-known for his three YA fantasy novels set in an imaginary-but-Canadian world: Kalifax (nominated for the Governor General’s Award), Captain Jenny, and The Star-Glass (winner of the McNally-Robinson book for young people award). His most recent novel, Shadow-Town, inspired by childhood visits to the Carberry Hills, was also a YA fantasy — but of the more spooky and disturbing kind.
He was the founding editor of the electronic edition of CM, the long-standing reviewing journal for the school and library market. Later, as punishment, he spent years teaching New Media and communications at Red River College and the University of Winnipeg.
Thornton has often been a mentor in the Sheldon Oberman program. He also runs writing workshops (most recently one for young writers interested in developing “secondary worlds,” at McNally-Robinson), leads writing retreats, and all those sorts of things.
In 2011 he was a recipient of the Canada Council’s Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for “mid-career artists” which was VERY NICE.