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Edith L. Sharp
Born Edith Lambert Sharp
March 7, 1911
near Carroll, Manitoba
Died July 2, 1974(1974-07-02) (aged 63)
Surrey, British Columbia
Occupation Writing teacher, writer
Nationality Canadian
Genre Children's literature

Edith Lambert Sharp (March 7, 1911 – July 2, 1974) was a Canadian professional woman, writing teacher, and writer. She won the annual Governor General's Award for juvenile fiction in 1958, recognizing the historical novel Nkwala as the year's best Canadian book.


She was born near Carroll, Manitoba, daughter of Charles Lambert and Edna Louise (Maloan) Sharp. She dropped out of high school in Penticton, British Columbia, after one year. She attended the Vancouver School of Art and took private studies from the Smithsonian Institution to develop her artistic talents.

Sharp worked as a director of the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts, as well as teaching creative writing in night and summer schools. She also became involved in politics and served years as secretary to the riding associations of the local Progressive Conservative Party.

Sharp was a member of the Penticton Board of Trade, an honorary member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Conservative Party, and the Anglican Church of Canada. She died in British Columbia in 1974.

Selected works

Nkwala is a researched juvenile novel about the pre-colonial Okanagan people of the Interior of British Columbia.

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