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Helen Humphreys has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1997 for her first novel, Leaving Earth, and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2000 for her second novel, Afterimage. Humphreys’ most recent work of nonfiction is a memoir, Nocturne. In 2009, she was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Afterimage is a splendid achievement: sophisticated, fascinating, beautifully done. Helen Humphreys draws us into a nineteenth-century world of photography, cartography and Victorian mores and holds us there, spellbound, by dint of a gripping tale about love and identity, by unusual characters, rich details and eloquent prose. Afterimage is magical, truly a winning book.” — 2000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize jury (Cynthia Holz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, and Peter Oliva)

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