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Susan Jane Swan, writer, journalist and professor, was born in Midland, Ontario in 1945. She attended Havergal College in the early 1960s and received a BA from McGill University in 1967. Swan began her writing career with the Toronto Telegram in the late 1960s and continued as a freelance journalist based in Toronto. In the 1970s, she turned her attention towards writing for and performing in theatre. She is the author of several plays and novels, a collection of short stories, and has also edited or co-edited collections of stories or essays. She has received awards from the Canada Council, the National Magazine Award (Silver, Fiction, 1977) and her novel "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World" (1983) was a finalist for both the Governor-General's Award and the Books in Canada Best First Novel Award. Her novel "The Wives of Bath" was turned into the film "Lost and Delirious". She was a Professor in the Humanities Department at York University from 1991 to 2007, and served as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada from 2007 to 2008.