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Sheila Watson was born in New Westminster, B.C., in 1909. After studying at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, she moved to Calgary in the 1950s, where she wrote much of her novel The Double Hook. In 1961, with colleagues at the University of Alberta, she founded and edited White Pelican, an avant-garde journal of literature and the visual arts. In 1992, after her retirement to Nanaimo, B.C., she published Deep Hollow Creek, a novel she had written in the 1930s. Sheila Watson died in Nanaimo, B.C., in 1998.
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