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Frances Susan Itani, née Hill (born August 25, 1942) is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and essayist. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Itani was born in Belleville, Ontario,[1] and grew up in Quebec. She studied nursing in Montreal and North Carolina, a profession which she taught and practised for eight years. However, after enrolling in a writing class taught by W. O. Mitchell, she decided to change careers.

She married Tetsuo (Ted) Itani, a retired Canadian Forces officer and humanitarian, in 1967.[2] They reside in Ottawa, Ontario.[1]

Itani has published thirteen books, ranging from fiction and poetry to a children's book. Her 2003 novel Deafening was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Caribbean and Canada region, and has been published in 16 countries.




  • Linger By the Sea (1979) (illustrated by Molly Bobak)
  • Best Friend Trouble (2014) (illustrated by Genevieve Despres)

Short storiesEdit

  • Pack Ice (1989)
  • Truth or Lies (1989)
  • Man Without Face (1994)
  • Poached Egg on Toast (2004)


  • A Season of Mourning
  • No Other Lodgings (1978)
  • Rentee Bay: poems from the Bay of Quinte, 1785-89 (1983)


  • Leaning, Leaning Over Water (1998)
  • Deafening (2003)
  • Remembering the Bones (2007)
  • Missing (2011)
  • Requiem (2011)
  • Tell (2014) (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize)
  • That's My Baby (2017)


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