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Mark Abley (born 13 May 1955) is a Canadian poet, journalist, editor and non-fiction writer.

Born in Warwickshire, England, he moved to Canada as a small boy and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan from which he won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1975. He won prizes for his poetry while a student at St. John's College, Oxford, and began to write full-time after moving to Toronto in 1978. He has been a contributing editor of both Maclean's and Saturday Night magazines, and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. In 1996 he won Canada's National Newspaper Award for critical writing.

Since 1983 Abley has lived in the Montreal area. For sixteen years he worked as a feature writer and book-review editor at the Montreal Gazette. He returned to freelance writing in 2003, though he continues to write columns on language issues for the Gazette. In 2009 he joined McGill-Queen's University Press as a part-time acquisition editor.

He has written three books of poetry, one children's book, and several books of non-fiction. The best-known is probably Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003), which was short-listed for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal and the Pearson Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. It was translated into French, Spanish and Japanese, and was largely responsible for Abley being awarded the LiberPress Prize in Girona, Spain, in October 2009. He has also given lectures at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Ohio State University and elsewhere.

In 2005 Abley was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for research into language change. His book The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English appeared in May 2008. It was praised as "fascinating" in The Times (London), and hailed by William Safire in The New York Times. In August 2009 Abley published a children's book about words and their origins, Camp Fossil Eyes.

Abley has edited several books, including When Earth Leaps Up by Anne Szumigalski. He is Szumigalski's literary executor. He has taught for the Quebec Writers' Federation and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Total Books: 27
Conversations with a Dead Man The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott
Camp Fossil Eyes Digging for the Origins of Words
2009 - Camp Fossil Eyes Digging for the Origins of Words (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781554511808
ISBN-10: 1554511801

The Prodigal Tongue Dispatches from the Future of English
2009 - The Prodigal Tongue Dispatches From the Future of English (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679313663
ISBN-10: 0679313664

Parlez-vous boro
2005 - Parlez-vous Boro [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782764603994
ISBN-10: 2764603991

Spoken Here  Travels Among Threatened Languages
2005 - Spoken Here Travels Among Threatened Languages (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780618565832
ISBN-10: 0618565833
Genre: Reference

Spoken Here
2005 - Spoken Here (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099460220
ISBN-10: 009946022X
Genre: Reference
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Spoken Here Travels Among Threatened Languages
2004 - Spoken Here Travels Among Threatened Languages (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780434011537
ISBN-10: 0434011533
Genre: Travel

Spoken Here Proof
2003 - Spoken Here Proof (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780434884780
ISBN-10: 0434884782

Ghost Cat
2001 - Ghost Cat (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780888994332
ISBN-10: 0888994338
Genre: Children's Books

Stories from the Ice Storm
2000 - Stories From the Ice Storm (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780771006548
ISBN-10: 0771006543
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Watch Hill
1999 - Watch Hill [Images of America Arcadia Publishing] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780738501543
ISBN-10: 0738501549
Genre: History

The Ice Storm  An Historic Record in Photographs of January 1998
Le grand verglas
1998 - Le Grand Verglas [French Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780887764790
ISBN-10: 0887764797
Genres: Nonfiction, Outdoors & Nature

Spoken Here Travels Among Threatened Languagues
Spoken Here Travels Among Threatened Languagues (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679311010
ISBN-10: 0679311017

Silver Palace Restaurant
Silver Palace Restaurant [Hugh MacLennan Poetry] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780773529984
ISBN-10: 0773529985
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Beyond Forget  rediscovering the prairies
Beyond Forget Rediscovering the Prairies (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780888945204
ISBN-10: 0888945205

Blue Sand Blue Moon
Blue Sand Blue Moon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780920953365
ISBN-10: 0920953360

Glasburyon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781550821192
ISBN-10: 1550821199