Welcome to Ann Walmsley’s author website


Ann Walmsley is the author of The Prison Book Club and a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine, Maclean’s and many other publications. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine awards. The Prison Book Club is her first book. It won the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was longlisted for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize and the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Born in Picton, Ontario, Walmsley graduated with a degree in English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, before pursuing a career in journalism as a magazine writer, book reviewer and editor. During her writing career, she has lived in Toronto, Paris, Westport CT, Dallas and London.

Intrigued by her parents’ membership in a local literary society called Tennyson Club, she founded her first book club at age nine. Since then, she has been a member of five other book clubs in Canada and the U.K. But it wasn’t until a friend invited her in 2010 to help with book selection for a prison book club that she found the material for a book that she herself would write.

Walmsley has two grown children and lives with her husband in Toronto. Follow Ann on Twitter.


Latest News

Penguin Canada’s paperback edition of The Prison Book Club was released Nov. 1, 2016. Order via The Book page.

A new UK & Commonwealth paperback edition was published by Oneworld April 7, 2016.

Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. published a Japanese edition in August 2016.