Urquhart is the author of seven internationally acclaimed novels including: The Whirlpool (entitled Niagara in France), the first Canadian book to win France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur livre etranger (Best Foreign Book Award);[15] Changing Heaven; Away, winner of the Trillium Award and a finalist for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for the Rogers Communications Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and for Britain’s Booker Prize; A Map of Glass, a finalist for a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and Sanctuary Line, a finalist for the Giller Prize. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Storm Glass, and four books of poetry, I Am Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace, False Shuffles, The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan, and Some Other Garden. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. She also wrote the biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery for the Penguin Extraordinary Canadians series and is the editor of the most recent Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, and she edited and introduced a collection of Alice Munro’s love stories entitled No Love Lost for The New Canadian Library. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Urquhart has received numerous honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto and the Royal Military College, and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa and at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and, during the winter and spring of 1997, she held the Presidential Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She has also given readings and lectures in Canada, Britain, Europe, the U.S.A., and Australia, has twice been a keynote speaker at the annual Canadian Congress of the Humanities, and has served on the Board of PEN Canada and on the Advisory Board for the Restoration of the Vimy Memorial. She has served on several international prize juries including that of the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Giller Prize, and the American International Neustadt Award.

Her books have been published in many countries, including Holland, France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, Australia, and The United States, and have been translated into several languages.[16]


  • The Whirlpool. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986.
  • Changing Heaven. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990.
  • Fragment of a Novel in Progress. Ottawa: Magnum Bookstore, 1992
  • Away. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1993.
  • The Underpainter. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997.
  • The Stone Carvers. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2001.
  • A Map of Glass. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2005.
  • Sanctuary Line. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2010.
  • The Night Stages, 2015


  • Extraordinary Canadians: Lucy Maud Montgomery. Penguin Canada:Sept. 22 2009.

Short Works

  • Storm Glass. Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1987. A collection of short fiction.

Articles and Other Writing

  • Afterword to Alistair MacLeod's As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories, New Canadian Library (1986).
  • Afterword for “Emily Climbs” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. New Canadian Library (2009).
  • "Familiar roads home (Second thoughts on rereading The Lost Salt Gift Of Blood by Alistair MacLeod)." Globe & Mail (Metro edition). 4 May 1991, E: 1, E4.
  • Introduction to Mavis Gallant’s In Transit published by Penguin: 1988.
  • "Night walk (Jane Urquhart remembers Ken Adachi)." Brick v. 35 (Mar. 1989): 37-38.
  • "Returning to the Village" Writing Away: The PEN Canada Travel Anthology. ed. Constance Rooke. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1994.

Short Works and Articles bibliographic information courtesy of The University of Toronto, Canadian Poetry Online[17]


  • I'm Walking in the Garden of His Imaginary Palace: Eleven Poems for Le Notre. Toronto: Aya Press, 1982.
  • False Shuffles. Victoria: Porcépic, 1982. Toronto: Aya Press, 1982.
  • The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 1984.
  • Some Other Garden. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000.


  • Selected and introduced The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Toronto: Penguin, 2007.
  • No Love Lost a collection of Alice Munro’s love stories selected and with an afterword by Jane Urquhart

Except where noted, bibliographic information courtesy Brock University.[18]

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