A-R International: JoAnn McCaig

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

JoAnn McCaig
Authors-Readers International


The unusually bookish JoAnn McCaig writes, edits, teaches, reviews, talks about, publishes, and sells books.

Over the course of her working life, JoAnn McCaig has become an established literary authority in Western Canada. She began her writing career as an ad copywriter, and eventually earned three degrees in English literature. In her 20 years of teaching English at the University of Calgary, JoAnn ensured that hundreds of students not only overcame their fear of poetry, but also learned how to use the semicolon correctly. JoAnn published her first novel in 2000, and in 2007 became a founding board member of Calgary literary press Freehand Books. In 2010 she realized a lifelong dream by opening Shelf Life Books, an independent bookstore in Calgary’s inner city Beltline area, thereby making the circle of bookishness complete.

“I like to involve the reader in the making of…

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