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Michael Bedard is an award-winning author of books for children and youth. He was born in 1949 in Toronto, Canada, and studied English and Philosophy at Victoria University, Toronto. After graduating with a B.A. in 1971, Bedard worked as a library assistant in St. Michael's College Library at the University of Toronto until 1978. He then worked as a pressman at the small print shop Gardenshore Press until 1981. Bedard has been a full-time writer since 1982.
Bedard's works are aimed at a young adult audience and include re-tellings of fairy tales and Chinese fables, dark fiction novels, picture books about Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, the Bronte children, and Canadian sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, as well as a biography of William Blake.
He has won several awards including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, the runner-up for the Young Adult Canadian Award, and the Toronto IODE Book Award.