Ann-Marie MacDonald is an author, actor, and playwright.
She has co-created and performed original theatrical work such as This is For You, Anna; Nancy Prew: Clue in the Fast Lane; The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls; and More Fine Girls. Her first solo-authored play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) premiered at Nightwood Theatre and was honoured with the Chalmers Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Canadian Authors’ Association Award. Her other produced dramatic work includes The Arab’s Mouth, the libretto for the chamber opera Nigredo Hotel, the book for the musical Anything that Moves (which garnered several Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Musical), and Belle Moral: A Natural History.
In 1996 Ann-Marie’s first novel, Fall on Your Knees, was published by Knopf Canada as part of their inaugural “New Face of Fiction.” A critically acclaimed international best seller, it was short-listed for the Giller Prize, and won the People’s Choice Award and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year. In 2002 it became an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Fall on Your Knees has been translated into 19 languages. Ann-Marie’s second novel, The Way the Crow Flies, was published in 2003. An international bestseller and finalist for the Giller Prize, it was also a Good Morning America Book Club pick. It has been translated into 13 languages. Her latest novel, Adult Onset, was released in September 30, 2014.
For seven seasons Ann-Marie hosted the CBC documentary series Life and Times. Presently she is host and narrator of CBC’s Doc Zone. She has recently acted in celebrated stage productions of Cloud Nine (Mirvish Productions) and Top Girls (Soulpepper Theatre). Ann-Marie is currently at work on an adaptation of Hamlet for the Stratford Festival, with director Alisa Palmer and musician Torquil Campbell of the band, STARS.
Ann-Marie is married to Alisa Palmer and lives in Toronto and Montreal with their two children and one dog.