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About Amy

Amy Spurway was born and raised on Cape Breton Island, where, at the age of eleven, she landed her first writing and performing gigs with CBC Radio. 

Amy holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Brunswick, and a degree in Radio & Television Arts (writing concentration) from Ryerson University.  She has worked as a freelance writer, communications consultant, editor, and performer. Her work has appeared in Today's Parent, the Toronto Star, Babble, and Elephant Journal, as well as in the realms of advertising, marketing, non-profit and corporate communications, education, health, and politics. 


Amy lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with her husband Matthew, and their three daughters. 

About CROW

When Stacey Fortune is diagnosed with three highly unpredictable — and inoperable — brain tumours, she abandons the crumbling glamour of her life in Toronto for her mother Effie's scruffy trailer in rural Cape Breton. Back home, she's known as Crow, and everybody suspects that her family is cursed.

With her future all but sealed, Crow decides to go down in a blaze of unforgettable glory by writing a memoir that will raise eyebrows and drop jaws. She'll dig up "the dirt" on her family tree, including the supposed curse, and uncover the truth about her mysterious father, who disappeared a month before she was born.

But first, Crow must contend with an eclectic assortment of characters, including her gossipy Aunt Peggy, hedonistic party-pal Char, homebound best friend Allie, and high-school flame Willy. She'll also have to figure out how to live with her mother and how to muddle through the unsettling visual disturbances that are becoming more and more vivid each day.

Witty, energetic, and crackling with sharp Cape Breton humour, Crow is a story of big twists, big personalities, big drama, and even bigger heart.

Praise & Press

"This darkly funny novel’s language is outrageous and irreverent. It spits and crackles like a barn on fire...Spurway’s writing has the deftness of someone juggling hot coals without getting burned."

An Eye-Popping Debut - Cecily Ross in The Literary Review of Canada

Next Event

Upcoming Events

  • FEIS 2019: Hope & Healing
    Fri, Nov 08
    Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Bear Head
    Nov 08, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Bear Head , 606 Reeves St, Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2R7, Canada
    The Port Hawkesbury Literacy Council presents an evening to remember, with all proceeds going to support literacy programs in Port Hawkesbury.
  • Reading & Conversation: Anakana Schofield and Amy Spurway
    Sun, Nov 03
    Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
    Nov 03, 2019, 12:00 p.m. EST
    Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
    Bina Meets Crow! Reading & Conversation: Anakana Schofield and Amy Spurway November 3 2019 - 12:00 PM Authors Anakana Schofield and Amy Spurway will be interviewed by Susan G. Cole about their new novels: Bina: A Novel in Warnings and Crow.
  • GLE Turns 65 at TIFA!
    Tue, Oct 29
    Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
    Oct 29, 2019, 9:00 p.m. EDT
    Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
    Goose Lane Editions 65th Anniversary October 29 2019 - 9:00 PM Join us in celebrating Canada’s oldest independent publisher, Goose Lane Editions! They’re turning sixty-five years old. Amy Spurway will be reading, along with a host of other great Goose Lane authors.
  • Crow in Greenwood/Kingston
    Sun, Jul 14
    The Inside Story
    Jul 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
    The Inside Story, 1016 Central Ave, Kingston, NS B0P 1R0, Canada
    Get the Inside Story on Amy Spurway's Crow!
  • Amy Spurway @ The Spirit of Litera-Sea in Yarmouth
    Jul 13, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
    Coles, 76 Starrs Rd, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2T5, Canada
    Great authors and a great time in Yarmouth!
  • Crow in Annapolis Royal
    Fri, Jul 12
    Mad Hatter Books
    Jul 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    Mad Hatter Books, 213 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0, Canada
    An evening with Amy Spurway & Crow in AR!
  • Crow in Wolfville
    Thu, Jul 11
    Box Of Delights Book Shop
    Jul 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
    Box Of Delights Book Shop, 466 Main St, Wolfville, NS B4P 1E2, Canada
    Bound to be a delight...a whole Box of Delights, even!
  • Crow Lands in CB...Again!
    Wed, Jul 03
    Herring Choker Deli
    Jul 03, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    Herring Choker Deli, 10158 TCH 105, Nyanza, NS B0E 1B0, Canada
    Tea. Snacks. Laughs.
  • Crow in Liverpool
    Thu, Jun 27
    Lane's Privateer Inn & Restaurant
    Jun 27, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
    Lane's Privateer Inn & Restaurant, 27 Bristol Ave, Liverpool, NS B0T 1K0, Canada
    Come cozy up with Crow at Snug Harbour Books!
  • Crow Lands in LaHave!
    Wed, Jun 26
    LaHave River Bookstore
    Jun 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    LaHave River Bookstore, 3421 Hwy. 331, LaHave, NS, Canada
    A reading! A signing! A good time assured!
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