Barbara Sibbald

Barbara Sibbald spent an itinerant childhood as an Air Force brat. In 1983 she graduated with a double major in Psychology and Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. She worked as an editor of a small-town weekly, a Valley correspondent for the Ottawa Citizen, editorial director at a small press and a staff writer for The Canadian Nurse Journal. 

Barbara began publishing fiction in 1993. Her short stories have appeared in 13 magazines and journals, and she has had two novels published and a third appeared online in installments. She attended The Banff Centre’s Writer’s Studio in 1998 and has received writing grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Art’s Council and the City of Ottawa.

She is now the editor of news and humanities at the Canadian Medical Association JournalHer work has garnered the Canadian Association of Journalist’s Investigative Journalism prize (2005), two citations of merit from the Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism, and three golds in the Canadian Business Press, Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Awards.  Barbara’s writing has also been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and other publications.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband, artist Stuart Kinmond.

The Museum of Possibilities (summary):

A collection of quirky short stories focusing on pivotal moments of intense longing—for love, for power, for fame, for freedom, for revenge, and perhaps most of all, for connection in an increasingly disaffected world.