Joan Barfoot was born in 1946 on Owen Sound, a small city on the northern shores of Lake Huron, in Ontario, Canada. After graduating in 1969 with a degree in English from the University of Western Ontario, she worked for various local and national newspapers before establishing her career as a writer, in the early 80s. Until a few years ago, Barfoot wrote weekly current affairs columns for the London Free Press (London, Ontario) and taught both journalisms and creative writing classes at her old university. Her first novel, Abra (1978), published in Britain and USA as Gaining Ground (1980), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award; her second novel, Dancing in the Dark (1982) was made into …
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