John F. Hayes (author)
|John F. Hayes|
|Born||August 5, 1904|
|Died||November 1980 (aged 76)|
John Francis Hayes (August 5, 1904 – November 1980) was an award-winning Canadian writer who was best known for his ten historical novels for young readers. His books A Land Divided and Rebels Ride at Night won the Governor General's Award in the Juvenile Fiction category. In 1959 The Dangerous Cove won the Canada Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award. He was the second recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award, in 1964.
Hayes was educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He took courses in advertising and writing and in 1930 entered the publishing business. By the mid-1950s he was Vice-President and General Manager of Southam Press Montreal, and Director of the Southam Company Limited.
In 1954 he was elected secretary of the Canadian Authors' Association.
His first nine historical novels were illustrated by Fred J. Finley; the last, On Loyalist Trails, was illustrated by J. Merle Smith. All were published by the Copp Clark Publishing Company.
- Buckskin Colonist: A Story of the Selkirk Settlers (1947)
- Treason at York (1949)
- A Land Divided (1951)
- Rebels Ride at Night (1953)
- Bugles in the Hills: A Story of the Mounties' First Days (1955)
- The Dangerous Cove: A Story of the Early Days in Newfoundland (1957)
- Quest in the Cariboo (1960)
- Flaming Prairie (1965)
- The Steel Ribbon (1967)
- On Loyalist Trails (1971)
- Canadian Christmas (1962)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1963 (1963)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1964 (1964)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1965 (1965)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1966 (1966)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1968 (1968)
- The Atlas Christmas Anthology of Canadian Stories 1969 (1969)
- The Challenge of Change: 50 years, 1912-1962 (1963)
- Rosedale United Church: 1914-1964 (1964)
- The Mapping of Early Canada (1967)
- The Nation Builders (1968)
- Wilderness Mission: The Story of Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons (1969)
- Twentieth-century children's writers, pg. 363, D.L. Kirkpatrick, St. James Press, 1983
- Dust jacket of first edition of Bugles in the Hills, 1955
- Ottawa Citizen, 11 June 1954, page 11.
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