Author Tags: Fiction

Ann Ireland attended UBC and lived in Vancouver when she wrote her first novel, A Certain Mr. Takahashi (Seal, 1985), winner of the Seal First Novel Award and a finalist for the 1986 Books In Canada/W.H. Smith First Novel Award. It's about the life-long enchantment two sisters feel about a Japanese pianist who they both became infatuated with while growing up in Toronto. It was reprinted in 2003 (Dundurn) after it became the source for a feature film called The Pianist.

Her second novel, The Instructor, was shortlisted for the 1997 Trillium Book Award.

Her third novel, Exile (Dundurn, 2002), was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General's Award and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Set in Vancouver, it concerns a Latin-American journalist-poet named Carlos Romero Estevez who escapes from persecution to Vancouver where intellectuals provide him with a university position as a writer-in-exile. But they soon discover that hes not the freedom fighter they believe him to be. Romero smokes, drinks, gets reprimanded for sexual harassment. More trouble arises when he realizes the do-gooders cannot give him the lifetyle to which he has become accustomed.

Set in Montreal, The Blue Guitar (Dundurn 2013) takes the reader behind the scenes of an international classical guitar competition in Montreal, revealing the characters of the guitarists and judges.

Ireland is the past president of PEN Canada and lives in Toronto.


A Certain Mr. Takahashi (Seal 1985 / Dundurn 2003)
The Instructor (Doubleday Canada 1996)
Exile (Dundurn 2002)
The Blue Guitar (Dundurn 2013) $19.99 978-1-4598-0586-9

[BCBW 2013] "Fiction"