Mary Walsh was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. One of the best-known faces of Canadian comedy, she studied acting at Ryerson University and is the creator of the CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. A champion for mental health survivors, she is a versatile actor and has appeared in both dramatic and comedy series, including the Gemini Award-winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which she wrote and starred in and, at the time, said was “the favourite thing [she’d] ever done in her whole life”. Recently, Walsh has starred in Sensitive Skin, Rookie Blue and Slasher. She currently has several feature films in development, and in 2017 the cast of Hatching, Matching and Dispatching will be reunited for a CBC feature called “Christmas Fury,” which Walsh wrote, is producing, and will star in. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Crying for the Moon is her first book.
Crying for the Moon
Crying for the Moon (HarperCollins) follows Maureen Brennan, a young woman coming of age in 1960s St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ditching her convent school girls’ choir on a trip to Expo ’67 in Montreal, Maureen manages to make some bad, life-altering decisions over the course of the visit.