Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he grew up on the family farm, Harry has lived most of his life in the province of his birth. However, as an essayist, editor and freelance journalist, Thurston has traveled the globe, writing articles for more than thirty publications, including National Geographic, Audubon, Equinox, Harrowsmith and Canadian Geographic.
Harry Thurston is the author of several collections of poetry and more than a dozen nonfiction books. A biologist and naturalist, he is among Canada’s best-known nature writers. He has been awarded the Gulf of Maine Council on Marine Environment Visionary Award “for increasing public awareness on environmental issues” as well as two Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s Science & Society Awards, the National Magazine Award for Science & Technology, the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters Author’s Award and the Dorothy Shoemaker Award for Poetry.
He has been Writer-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s University, Mount Allison University, Acadia University, the Pictou-Antigonish Library System, the Haig Brown House in Campbell River, B.C., and Dalhousie University. He has been Lecturer in Science and Environmental Reporting and Magazine Writing at University of King’s College School of Journalism; in Poetry at St. Mary’s University and in Creative Non-Fiction at the Maritime Writers’ Workshop. He received an honorary doctorate from Acadia University and was the 2015 Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He is currently a Mentor for the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Nonfiction program for University of Kings College in Halifax.
His latest book, in collaboration with Thaddeus Holownia, Icarus, Falling of Birds, will be launched at the Gallery in August.
He lives with his wife Catherine in Tidnish, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Website: www.harrythurston.ca
Available at the Gallery or through email@example.com are:
- A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, winner of the 2005 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award in the United States and finalist for the British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and for the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize.
- A Ship Portrait, a novella in verse, which was adapted as a stage play for the Ships Company Theatre and was a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize.
- Animals of My Own Kind, poetry.
- Barefaced Stone, poetry
- Broken Vessel:35 Days in the Desert, poetry, a lyrical & deceptively stark meditation on the Sahara
- Building the Bridge to PEI, with photographs by Wayne Barrett & Anne MacKay.
- Dawning of the Dinosaurs.
- Icarus, Falling of Birds with photographs by Thaddeus Holownia
- If Men Lived on Earth, poetry.
- Island of the Blessed / Secrets of the Sands (US edition), winner of the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award.
- Keeping Watch at the End of the World, poetry. Alcuin Award for Book Design
- Ova Aves, with photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Poetry.
- Silver Ghost, with photographs by Thaddeus Holownia.
- The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History with photographs by Wayne Barrett. Lane Anderson Award for Best Science Writing in Canada; Dartmouth Book Award & Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction
- The Deer Yard, poetry, co-authored with Allan Cooper. Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design
- The Nature of Shorebirds, winner of the Evelyn Richardson Literary Award.
- The Sea Among the Rocks.
- The Sea’s Voice, winner of the Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East), Independent Publisher Book Awards (U.S.).
- Tidal Life with photographs by Stephen Homer, winner of the City of Dartmouth Book Award, Evelyn Richardson Award for Nonfiction, The Atlantic Booksellers Choice Award.