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Janet Louise Lunn
Born Janet Louise Swoboda
(1928-12-28)December 28, 1928
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died June 26, 2017(2017-06-26) (aged 88)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Writer
Citizenship Canada (from 1963)
Genre Children's literature, fantasy
Notable awards Order of Canada
Order of Ontario

Janet Louise Lunn, CM OOnt (née Swoboda; December 28, 1928 – June 26, 2017) was a Canadian children's writer.

Early life and education

Lunn was born in Dallas, Texas; she moved with her family to Vermont when she was an infant. In 1938, she moved again to the outskirts of New York City. In 1946, she came to Canada to attend Queen's University and married a fellow student, Richard Lunn. She became a Canadian citizen in 1963. They had five children and her husband died in 1987.


Janet Lunn published her first children's book, Double Spell, in 1968. From 1972 to 1975, she was a children's editor for Clark, Irwin Publishers.

From 1984 to 1985, she was the first children's author to be Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

In 1982, she was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award. She was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1996 and made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997. She died on June 26, 2017 at age 88.

Her works have proven to last the test of time and is deeply missed by those she has touched with her talent.

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