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Friday, 19 July 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-CANADIAN AUSTIN ARDINEL CHESTERFIELD CLARKE IS A BLACK CANADIAN NOVELIST,ESSAYIST AND SHORT STORY WRITER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke, CM OOnt born July 26, 1934, is a Canadian novelist, essayist and short story writer who lives in Toronto,Ontario. He has been called "Canada's first multicultural writer".
In 1973 he was designated cultural attaché at the Barbadian embassy in Washington, DC. He was later General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in Barbados (1975-1977). Returning to Canada, in 1977 he ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontarioelection. He was writer in residence at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec (1977) and at University of Western Ontario (1978). From 1988 to 1993 he served on the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
In September 2012, at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), Clarke was announced as the winner of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize "on the merits of his published work and efforts in fostering literary talent in new and aspiring writers".