Biography

Miriam Lisa Clavir grew up within walking distance of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and has worked as an objects conservator for museums, particularly at MOA, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. As well, she has worked for the ROM and the National Historic Sites Service in Ottawa and Quebec City. She has taught museum conservation for several universities, both in English and en français. Author of many museum conservation articles, she has also published the scholarly book, Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations. Miriam is now retired and an Emerita and Research Associate at MOA.

Miriam is currently writing fiction. She has had two mystery novels as well as short stories published in literary and mystery magazines. Her character-driven “medium-boiled” mysteries are set, not surprisingly, in a museum (MOA) and on an archaeological excavation (Quebec City’s historic Old Town).

Miriam and her husband, the poet John Donlan, divide their time between Vancouver and rural Ontario.