Allan Stratton

Portrait Allan Stratton
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Allan Stratton was born in Stratford, Ontario in 1951 and has lived in Toronto, Neuchatel, New York, Vancouver and Montreal. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Center for the Study of Drama (1974), he acted in theaters across the country. In 1977, his first play »72 Under the 0« premiered at the Vancouver Playhouse. His other plays include »Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii«, which has had over three hundred productions throughout North America and in Poland, and »Rexy!«, which won the Chalmers Award, the Canadian Authorsʼ Association Award, and the Dora Mavor Moore Award. He was a member of the Playwright/Director Unit of Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio in New York during the 1980s and headed the drama department at the Etobicoke School of the Arts in the 1990s.

Stratton turned to writing novels in 2000. His first young adult novel »Leslieʼs Journal« (2000), which received numerous awards, deals with sexual abuse in teen relationships. »Chandaʼs Secrets« (2004), which he researched in Botswana and South Africa, is crossover novel for adolescents and adults about a girl whose family is facing the lies and stigmatization surrounding HIV/AIDS. The book has been published in fourteen countries and won many awards, including the Childrenʼs Africana Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Honor Book (ALA) and the Independent Publishers Association IPPY Award. The book was also filmed in 2010 as a German-South African co-production under the title »Life, Above All«. The film premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and was awarded with the Prix François Chalais. Other novels include »Chandaʼs Wars« (2008) about child soldiers, »Borderline« (2010) about false accusations of terrorism against Muslims in the United States and »The Dogs« (2015) about a boy fleeing with his mother from an abusive father was recently filmed and released in thirteen countries. His last novel, »The Way Back Home« is about a bullied girl who runs away from home with a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The author currently lives in Toronto.