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Jane Christmas’ writing has earned a devoted and international following since the release in 2002 of The Pelee Project: One Woman’s Escape from Urban Madness. It was the first in a series of rollicking travel memoirs that stray from the beaten path, and was followed in 2007 by What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Mid-Life Misadventure on Spain’s Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and in 2009 by Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy. Her latest, And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life, was published by Greystone Books in September, 2013, and was shortlisted for both the 2014 Leacock Medal for Humour Writing in Canada and the Word Awards for Christian Writing.
Born and raised in Toronto, Jane became entranced by books and by writing during her childhood. She was eight years of age when she first threaded a piece of paper into a Smith-Corona typewriter and forged a note from her parents in order to get out of gym class.
After graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa, Jane worked her way through the editing ranks of various newsrooms, such as The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, and National Post, and supplemented her income (and satisfied the itch to write) by writing columns and feature articles.
She found her writing voice direct, funny, and insightful when she moved to Pelee Island, Ontario, (pop. 180) one winter, and wrote a series of columns about disconnecting from urban life for the National Post. The experience became the basis for The Pelee Project.
Her books, all of them bestsellers, have been published in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Germany. Her next book, And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life will be published in 2013.
Jane has three grown children and now lives in England.