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Mark Abley


Mark Abley is a poet, a cat lover, a poker player, a recovering journalist, an inveterate traveller and a diehard social democrat. A Rhodes Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow, a winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award, and the first Canadian recipient of the LiberPress Prize for international writers, he grew up mostly in western Canada, spent several years in England, and settled in Montreal in 1983. He has written books in several genres, ranging from a children’s picture book (“Ghost Cat”) to oral history (“Stories From the Ice Storm”), and from literary travel (“Beyond Forget: Rediscovering the Prairies”) to poetry (“The Silver Palace Restaurant”). Along the way he discovered the recipe by which the great artist and poet William Blake made his own white paint. One of his newspaper columns was translated into Nepalese.

Books by Mark Abley

Conversationswithadeadman Conversations with a Dead Man

Tongue The Prodigal Tongue

Abley_lg The Silver Palace Restaurant

1391_resize_of_abley_boro Parlez-vous boro?

0-679-31199-8 Spoken Here

Blue Sand, Blue Moon

Beyond Forget


The_organist_-_mark_abley The Organist

Watch_your_tongue_-_mark_abley Watch Your Tongue



May 13, 1955

Leamington, England