Polly Horvath


1957   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
occupation: writer, novelist, children's writer
award received: National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Polly Horvath (born 30 January 1957) is an American-Canadian author of novels for children and young adults. She won the 2003 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The Canning Season, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Horvath was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has been writing since the age of eight. She attended college in Toronto as well as the Canadian College of Dance. She lived in New York City and Montreal before settling on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia.She was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1999 (The Trolls) and a runner-up for the Newbery Medal in 2002 (Everything on a Waffle) before winning the National Book Award. She won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2013 for One Year in Coal Harbor. Horvath once declared: "I don't have that much fun writing them. I have the most fun when I'm on the last page." She is married to Arnie Keller. They have two daughters, Emily and Rebecca.
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