Barbara Sibbald is an award-winning journalist and author, avid cyclist and relentless reader. Mostly though, she is a writer whose books include, most recently, The Museum of Possibilities, an award-winning collection of short fiction. She has also published three novels: Regarding Wanda (shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards), The Book of Love: Guidance in Affairs of the Heart, and the online serial Kitchen Chronicles.
Her journalism has garnered the Canadian Association of Journalist’s
Investigative Journalism prize (2005) and two citations of merit from the Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism. Barbara was the long-time news editor at the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), where her work frequently appeared. She has also published in Ottawa Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, Chatelaine and other media. Her book, The Back Forty: Farm Life in the Ottawa Valley, was a Canadian bestseller.
Barbara spent an itinerant childhood as an air force brat in Red Deer, Alberta, Ottawa, Colorado Springs and Edmonton, and always longed to write. She completed her journalism degree at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Barbara continues to work as the associate editor, humanities for CMAJ, but spends most of her time writing. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, visual artist Stuart Kinmond.