James Powell was born in Toronto in 1932. After graduating from the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) he spent three years in France studying and teaching as an English assistant in French high schools. He has worked in educational publishing, for a weekly newspaper in the Midwest and edited an antiques newspaper in Pennsylvania.

Powell has published over a hundred and twenty-five short stories of a mysterious and humorous sort. They have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Playboy among others and are reprinted regularly in The Best Detective Stories of the Year and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology series.

A Canadian citizen, Powell lives in Marietta, Pennsylvania, with his American wife.


Selected Bibliography

A Murder Coming: Stories by James Powell, edited by Peter Sellers (Yonge and Bloor Publishing, 1990)
A Murder Coming is a collection of early stories including my first, “The Friends of Hector Jouvet.”
A Japanese collection with the title in translation: A Dirge for Clowntown and Other Stories by James Powell (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2008)

See  www.james-powell.com for a complete list of published short stories and where they have been reprint



The readers of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine voted his "A Dirge for Clowntown" their favourite story of 1989.
1989 Crime Writers of Canada’s Derrick MurdochAward "for making a long Canadian story short."
Nominated thirteen times for the CWC’s Arthur Ellis Award for best short story, winning in 2003 with “Bottom Walker.”
2003 Private Eye Writers of America nominated his story “The Jewels of Atlantis” for a Shamus award.
2006, the Wolfe Island, Ontario, Scene of the Crime Festival presented him with their Grant Allen Award.