• R.I.P. Jan Truss, 96, in Feb. (UK-born Canadian YA author: "Jasmin," 19

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    Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, she lived in Water Valley, Alberta.


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    Jan Truss, born Jean Degg in Staffordshire, UK (daughter of William and Catherine Degg) was aptly described as a force of nature by her friends, family and colleagues. She died at her country home near Water Valley, Alberta on Tuesday, February 22, 2022
    at the age of 96 years.

    An award-winning author, Jan taught literature, art and music to students in Alberta before she began writing her own stories. In 1972 she won the Alberta Search for a Novelist competition with “Bird at the Window”. “A Very Small Rebellion” was
    her second novel, originally published in 1977, and her third novel, “Jasmin”, won the Ruth Schwartz Award. Her other novels include” Summer Goes Riding”, “Red” and “Peter’s Moccasins”. Her short stories have appeared in such magazines
    as Redbook, Chatelaine, on CBC radio, and in various collections.

    As Jan wrote in her book “Paper Bird” –
    “I watched the silent moon passing and whispered over and over my first Latin word, that verb – renascor, renascor – thinking I understood what it truly meant for me, my forever.”

    Renascor is a Latin verb meaning to be reborn. May she fly like the phoenix from the ashes!...


    (reader reviews)

    (birthday post from 2015)

    (book covers)

    If you can, check out her half-page interview about her poverty-stricken childhood in volume 35 of the "Something About the Author" encyclopedias; at one point, she talks about walking five miles to get to the library!


    Bird at the Window (novel), Macmillan, 1974, Harper, 1980.
    ("Teenage girl struggles with the problem of her pregnancy.")

    A Very Small Rebellion (juvenile novel), J.M. Lebel, 1977.

    Oomerahgi Oh! and A Very Small Rebellion (juvenile; contains
    "Oomerahgi Oh!," a one-act play, first produced in Calgary, Alberta,
    at University of Calgary, 1974; and "A Very Small Rebellion," a one-act
    play, first produced in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects, 1975),
    Playwrights Canada, 1978.
    ("In the first of these two plays, a stranger tempts a family with items
    from his magic box. The second play recounts the life of Louis Riel who
    led an army of Indians in revolt against the Canadian government in
    the 1860's.")

    The Judgment of Clifford Sifton (juvenile; one-act play; first produced
    in Calgary at Alberta Theatre Projects, 1978), Playwrights Canada, 1978.

    Jasmin, (juvenile), Atheneum, 1982.
    ("Jasmin is the oldest child in her large and poor family. She can't do
    her homework because of all the noise, and she's failing the sixth grade.
    Her science fair project has just been ruined by her brothers. Reading a
    book of poems for solace, she is inspired to do 'as she do please', and
    decides to run away.")

    (With Nancy Mackenzie) Peter's Moccasins (juvenile), illustrated by
    Philip Spink, Reidmore Books (Edmonton), 1987.
    ("Peter's (Cree) grandmother made him a new pair of beautiful, soft
    moccasins but he is ashamed to wear them. At school everyone else
    wears sneakers and Peter doesn't want to be different. Things change
    however when classmate Ann brings a pair of store-bought moccasins for show and tell.")

    Red, 1990
    ("Twelve year old boy forms a friendship with the girl next door. Calgary setting.")

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