Rooke, Leon

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Rooke, Leon Gender: M
born on 11 September 1934 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, 36n28, 77w39
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 17°51' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 13°53 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 00°26'

Leon Rooke (at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2013)
photo: Dan Harasymchuk, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American-born Canadian novelist who has published approximately 350 short stories. Educated at the University of North Carolina, he moved to Canada in 1969. He now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Rooke helped to found the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 1989. In 2002, Rooke championed The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence in that year's edition of Canada Reads. Rooke's work also appears in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts. In 2007, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 2007 (Member of the Order of Canada)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Peter O'Brien's book, So to Speak: Interviews with Contemporary Canadian Writers (Véhicule, 1987), p. 285: "Leon Rooke was born at 2:00 AM on 11 September 1934 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina."


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Member of the Order of Canada)