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Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of forty-seven books for children and young adults. Her best-selling work has been translated into over a dozen languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean and Danish.
Carol writes contemporary and historical fiction, as well as science fiction and fantasy. She first began writing historical fiction when her Danish husband told her stories about his parents' experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II. She has often written about Jewish themes, and is well known for her books concerning the Holocaust, writing Daniel’s Story at the request of The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., which has sold over one million copies in the United States and Canada.
Carol’s books have been recognized with over 100 awards and honors. The awards include the Sydney Taylor award, The Geoffrey Bilson award, the Silver Birch award, and two Canadian Jewish Book Awards. Her books have also been nominated for the Governor General Award twice and have been included on many honour lists, such as the ALA notable list, and The New York Times notable list. She has adapted some of her books into plays and has had productions in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is located in Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. THIN AIR, the annual celebration produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, strives to honour the First People’s rich tradition of sharing stories as the ground for building genuine community and restoring right relations.