John Edward Charles Cooper

Place of Birth
Date of Birth
Home Community
Durham Region Background

John Cooper moved to Ajax from North York in 1989, and later moved to Whitby in 1998.

  • Writer
  • Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • B.A. in English (York University, 1980)
  • Print Journalism Diploma (Centennial College, 1984)
  • M.A. Integrated Studies, Adult Education (Athabasca University, 2010)
Honours and Awards
  • 2006 selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for Season of rage
  • 2007 nominee, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association for Season of rage
  • 2008 nominee, Stellar Book Awards for Season of rage
  • 2004 selection of the Golden Oak Adult Literacy Book Club and 2004 Our Choice starred selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for Rapid Ray: The story of Ray Lewis
Organizations and Associations

African-Canadian History; Civil Rights:

  • My name’s not George, with Stanley G. Grizzle (Umbrella Press, 1998)
  • Shadow running (Umbrella Press, 1999)
  • Rapid Ray: The story of Ray Lewis (Tundra Books, 2002)
  • Season of rage: Hugh Burnett and the struggle for civil rights (Tundra Books, 2005)

Communications and Public Relations:

  • Crisis communications in Canada: A practical approach (Centennial College Press, 2007)

Junior Fiction:

  • The Greyhound (Dundurn Press, 2011)
Public Speaking Topics
  • Writing for younger audiences
  • Civil rights writing
  • Communications and public relations.