Jack Hodgins

Professor Emeritus

B.Ed. (UBC)

Web site: www.jackhodgins.ca


Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Fiction, short fiction.


Novelist and short story writer Jack Hodgins lives on southern Vancouver Island. Raised in the small rural community of Merville in the Comox Valley, he graduated with a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia, and taught high school in Nanaimo between 1961 and 1981. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa between 1981 and 1983. Between 1983 and 2002 he taught in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, and was a full professor at the time of his retiring. He occasionally conducts fiction-writing workshops, including an annual workshop in Mallorca, Spain. He and his wife Dianne, a former teacher, live in Cadboro Bay within easy visiting distance of their three adult children and their grandchildren.

A number of scholars in Canada and Europe have published critical studies on his work. He has been the subject of a National Film Board film, Jack Hodgins' Island, and a book, Jack Hodgins and His Work, by David Jeffrey. In 1996, Oolichan Press published a collection of essays on his work, titled On Coasts of Eternity, edited by J. R. Struthers. A book of essays on Hodgins's work, edited by Annika Hannan, has been published by Guernica Press, Toronto. His manuscripts, papers, letters and other materials are held in the literary manuscripts archives at the National Library of Canada.

Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

Jack Hodgins's fiction has won the Governor General's Award, the President's Medal from the University of Western Ontario, the Gibson's First Novel Award, the Eaton's B.C. Book Award, the Commonwealth Literature Prize (regional), the CNIB Torgi award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Drummer General's Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Victoria City Butler Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of the Terasen Lifetime Achievement Award "for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia" and the "Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence." In 2010 the Governor General appointed him to the Order of Canada. In 2011 The Comox Valley "Walk of Achievement" committee honoured him with a ceremony and a plaque in the main street sidewalk of Courtenay, his home town.

His books include: Spit Delaney's Island (stories), The Invention of the World (novel), The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne (novel), The Barclay Family Theatre (stories), Left Behind in Squabble Bay (children's novel), The Honorary Patron (novel), Innocent Cities (novel), Over Forty in Broken Hill (travel), A Passion for Narrative (a guide to writing fiction), The Macken Charm, (novel), Broken Ground (novel), Distance (novel), Damage Done by the Storm (stories), The Master of Happy Endings (novel), and Cadillac Cathedral (novel). His short stories and articles have been published in several magazines in Canada, France, Australia, and the US.

Selected Publications


Cadillac Cathedral

Published by Ronsdale Press


The Master of Happy Endings

Published by Dundurn


Damage Done by the Storm

Published by Emblem Editions

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