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David Richard Beasley



Simcoe, ON

David Richard Beasley lives in Simcoe Ontario. He has written over a score of books in all genres including the standard biography of Canada’s first novelist. His "Sarah’s Journey", the story of a slave escaping to Upper Canada in 1820, won a literary prize and with his creative nonfiction From Bloody Beginnings; Richard Beasley’s Upper Canada won a Brag Medallion. He recently published Episodes and Vignettes; an Autobiography and Hypocrites and Other Stories. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his writings. Born Canadian he lived in Europe and Manhattan for 40 years, has a PhD in political economics, worked for years at the New York Public Research Libraries where he was the president of the union of library workers .
After graduating from McMaster he discovered in Europe Art as opposed to journalism. His fiction explores the human condition and his non-fiction establishes forgotten Canadian personalities such as the first novelist, the greatest actor and a trail-blazing art curator. Descended from Hamilton’s earliest settler he has an interest in its past which some of his books portray. His latest novel, Spiral, is set against a background of events in Hamilton between 1852 and 1875.