Budge Wilson, 93 (Canadian author: Before Green Gables, 2008)
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2021-03-23 03:38:09 UTC

By Haley Ryan. First paragraphs:

Acclaimed Nova Scotia writer Budge Wilson has died at the age of 93.

Wilson died Friday evening in a Halifax hospital with a friend by her side. Wilson had been dealing with complications from a fall in early March.

Best known as a children's author, she wrote more than 30 books for all ages.

"She isn't entirely gone," Andrea Wilson, Budge's daughter, said Sunday. "She's left a legacy through her writing, and through the people she's inspired."

Wilson began her writing career later in life, publishing her first book in 1984 when she was 56, according to a biography from Dalhousie University, her alma mater and the home to her personal archives.

Andrea remembers how Wilson would curl up with her daughters in the evenings and tell them a story she'd made up that day. It was usually a "continuing saga," and Wilson always left them on tenterhooks wanting to know what happened next.

"But first my sister and then me, we wanted to read our own books and read ourselves to sleep," Andrea said.

"So she didn't have anyone to tell stories to, but they kept on coming. So she started writing them down."...

(birthday post from 2017, with many links)


Her name at birth was Marjorie MacGregor Archibald.

A former teacher and librarian, she used to divide her time between Peterborough, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. She now lives in the latter.

She wrote introductions to L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Avonlea" and "Anne of the Island."

"Has worked as freelance editor, journalist, commercial artist, and photographer."

"Contributor of short fiction to numerous periodicals, including Dinosaur Review, Horizons, Magook, Chatelaine, and Crackers; work represented in anthologies, including Canadian Children's Annual, Inside Stories 2, and Winter Welcomes. Child-care columnist for Toronto Globe and Mail in the mid- 1960s under name Marjorie Wilson."

"She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in June 2012."

2021-03-23 03:42:32 UTC
(book covers)


The Best/Worst Christmas Present Ever (juvenile novel; "Blue Harbour" series), Scholastic Tab Publications (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), 1984.
A House Far from Home (juvenile novel; "Blue Harbour" series), Scholastic Tab Publications (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), 1986.
Mr. John Bertrand Nijinsky and Charlie (picture book), illustrations by Terry Roscoe Boucher, Nimbus (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1986.
Mystery Lights at Blue Harbour (juvenile novel; "Blue Harbour" series), Scholastic Tab Publications (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada), 1987.
Breakdown, Scholastic (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1988.
Thirteen Never Changes, Scholastic (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1989.

Madame Belzile & Ramsey Hither, Nimbus (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1990.
Lorinda's Diary, Stoddart Kids (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991.
The Leaving, and Other Stories, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 1992.
Oliver's Wars, Stoddart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1993.
Cordelia Clark, Stoddart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1994.
The Courtship (stories), Anansi (Concord, Ontario, Canada), 1994.
Cassandra's Driftwood, Pottersfield Press (Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1994.
The Dandelion Garden and Other Stories, Philomel (New York, NY), 1995.
Mothers and Other Strangers (stories), Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1996.
Harold & Harold, Pottersfield Press (Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1996.
The Long Wait, Stoddart (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.
Duff the Giant Killer, Formac (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1997.
Sharla, Stoddart Kids (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1997.
The Cat That Barked, Pottersfield Press (Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada), 1998.

Duff's Monkey Business, Orca Books (Custer, WA), 2000.
The Fear of Angelina Domino, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Stoddart Kids (New York, NY), 2000.
Manfred the Unmanageable Monster, illustrated by Jill Quinn, Pottersfield Press (Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada), 2001.
A Fiddle for Angus, Tundra Books (Plattsburgh, NY), 2001.
Izzie: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't, Penguin (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2002.
Fractures: Family Stories, Viking Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2002.
The Imperfect Perfect Christmas, illustrated by Terry Roscoe, Pottersfield Press (Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada), 2004.
Izzie: Trongate Fury, Penguin Books Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2005.
Friendships (stories), Penguin Books Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2006.
Our Canadian Girl Izzie: Homecoming, Penguin Books Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2006.
Before Green Gables, G.P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY), 2008.