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Bernice Thurman Hunter, Canadian Writer. Member Writers Union of Canada, Canscaip. F C.


Hunter, Bernice Thurman was born on November 3, 1922 in Toronto. Daughter of William Henry and Francelina (Coe) Thurman.


Commercial diploma, Runnymede College, 1939.


Born in Toronto, Hunter spent her adult years as an Eaton's employee, and did not publish her first book, , until she was a grandmother. Her stories are recalled fondly by her fans for showing an accurate and enjoyable portrayal of Toronto through the Depression and War years. Hunter experienced a multitude of health challenges in her later years, however she continued writing.

Her first series of books has been adapted into a film called "Booky Makes Her Mark". An award held by Swansea Public School for writing was named after Hunter.


  • In 2001, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. While the honour was awarded posthumously, she was informed of the award shortly before her death.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: (children's books) That Scatterbrain Booky, 1981 (IODE award 1982), The Railroader, 1988 (Vicky Metcalf award 1990), A Place for Margaret, 1989 (Canada Authors award 1990), The Firefighter, 1992 (Silver Birch award 1993, Red Cedar Book award 1997-1998).


Member Writers Union of Canada, Canscaip. F C.


Married Lloyd Hunter, November 16, 1942. Children: Anita Louise, Heather Anne.

William Henry Thurman

Francelina (Coe) Thurman

Lloyd Hunter

Anita Louise Hunter

Heather Anne Hunter