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ANN LAMBERT is the author of the Russell and Leduc Mystery series. Ann’s first novel, The Birds That Stay was published by Second Story Press in Toronto in February, 2019. It was nominated for the Concordia Best First Book Prize that same year. Her second book in the Russell and Leduc series, The Dogs of Winter, was published in the fall of 2020. Both books were released as audiobooks in the fall of 2020, narrated by Ann herself.

Ann has also been writing and directing for the stage and radio for thirty-five years. Several of her plays, including The Wall, Self Offense, Parallel Lines, Very Heaven, The Mary Project, Force of Circumstance and Two Short Women have been performed in theatres in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Ann is the former head of The Playwriting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

She has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost thirty years in Montreal, Quebec, where for the last 12 years, she has written, directed and produced shows with The Dawson Theatre Collective. Ann is the former head of The Playwriting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Ann, along with her daughter, Alice Abracen, Laura Mitchell and Danielle Szydlowski is the c0-founder of Theatre Ouest End in Montreal, which was launched in the spring of 2019. It is dedicated to producing work new and established work that brings together an intergenerational community of experienced, emerging professionals and passionate amateurs.

Ann is also the vice-president of The Theresa Foundation (, dedicated to supporting AIDS-orphaned children and their grandmothers, the education of Malawian girls, and alleviating food insecurity in several villages in Malawi.

Ann lives in Montreal with her husband, David. Her daughter Alice is a playwright and talent specialist at Ubisoft. Her son, Isaac, teaches History, Social Studies and French in high school. They all dote on their dog, a Labradoodle named Lucy.

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