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Howard Norman

Howard Norman

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Howard Norman is an American author and translator whose work includes novels, short stories, memoirs, children's books, radio plays, screenplays, collections of translations.  He was born in Ohio in l949 and growing up divided his time between Michigan and Canada.  He spent many years working in the Canadian north, translating Inuit life histories, medical histories, folklore.  Much of his fiction is set in Eastern Maritime Canada , where he also researched documentary films.  He attended Western Michigan University and took an MA degree at The Folklore Institute at Indiana University.  He was in residence in The Society of Fellows at The University of Michigan from l974-l977.   His work has been widely translated. He has received The Lannan Award in fiction, a fellowship from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation,  three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, a grant from the Merrill Foundation, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harold Morton Landon Prize in Translation from The Academy of American Poets, was twice short-listed for the National Book Award in fiction, and received numerous awards and citations for his children's books, especially those illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.  In 2007, he traveled the okunohosomiche ("Narrow Road to the North") originally traveled by haiku master Matsuo Basho;  Mr. Norman's  diary of this journey appeared in National Geographic. For thirty-one years he taught in the MFA program at The University of Maryland, and served on the faculty of the Summer Writers institute, Skidmore College.  Norman is married to poet Jane Shore;  their daughter Emma Maile Shore Norman is a photographer.


We are proud to announce the recent and ongoing acquisition of Howard Norman's papers.  The first boxes arrived in August 2019 and we look forward to an additional shipment before the end of the year.  We hope to begin processing this new collection in 2020. 


  • Norman, Howard. The Ghost Clause. Boston : HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2019.
  • Norman, Howard. My Darling Detective. Boston : HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2017.
  • Norman, Howard. Next Life Might be Kinder. Boston : HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2015.
  • Norman, Howard. I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place. Boston : HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2013.
  • Norman, Howard. What Is Left the Daughter. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
  • Norman, Howard. Devotion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
  • Norman, Howard. In Fond Remembrance of Me. New York: North Point Press, 2005.
  • Norman, Howard. My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries & Preoccupations. District of Columbia: National Geographic, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. Between Heaven and Earth: Bird Tales from Around the World. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2004.
  • Norman, Howard. The Haunting of L. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. The Chauffer: Stories. New York: Picador, 2002.
  • Norman, Howard. Trickster and the Fainting Birds. Boston: Harcourt Children's Books, 1999.
  • Norman, Howard. The Museum Guard: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1998.
  • Norman, Howard. The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, and Other Tales of the Far North. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.
  • Norman, Howard. The Bird Artist. New York: Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1994.
  • Norman, Howard. Northern Tales: Traditional Stories of Eskimo and Indian Peoples. New York: Pantheon: 1990.
  • Norman, Howard. Kiss in the Hotel Joseph Conrad and Other Stories. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. How Glooskap Outwits the Ice Giants; and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.
  • Norman, Howard. The Northern Lights: A Novel. New York: Picador, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard. Who-Paddled-Backward-With-Trout. Boston: Joy Street Books, 1987.
  • Norman, Howard. The Owl-Scatterer. New York: Random House Value Publishing, 1986.
  • Norman, Howard. Who Met the Ice Lynx. Bear Claw Press, 1978.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. Born Tying Knots (Told by Samuel Makidemewabe). Ann Arbor: Bear Claw Press, 1976.
  • Norman, Howard, trans. The Wishing Bone Cycle: Narrative Poems from the Swampy Cree Indians. New York: Stonehill Pub, 1976.