Author Archives: Liz Hay

Literary Sofa

Isabel Costello from the Literary Sofa, one of the best fiction blogs in the UK, included His Whole Life in her roundup of the best Spring 2017 titles. Now she has gilded the lily by featuring the novel with a … Continue reading

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Chapbook: The Original Title

Available now as a beautiful chapbook published by Maureen Scott Harris is the Page Lecture I gave at Queen’s University in 2015. “The Original Title” is a talk about editing and being edited and bears directly on my novel Late Nights … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail Lauds New Zealand Trip

Marsha Lederman in the Globe & Mail gives an exciting account of the recent trip to New Zealand by Canadian writers. I was lucky enough to be one of them. Thinking back on it, it seems to me that I … Continue reading

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Radio New Zealand Interview

In August and early September a little band of Canadians travelled to writers’ festivals in New Zealand and Australia, so now I am a connoisseur of the flat white, a more potent latte than you’ll find in Canada and a … Continue reading

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NOW’s Top 10 Best Books

His Whole Life made the Top 10 Books of 2015 in NOW Toronto Magazine, with this citation: “Hay’s expertly realized novel, set during the 1955 Quebec referendum, is a poignant portrait of a complex family dealing with loss and regret, riffing on … Continue reading

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CBC Winter Reading List

CBC Books has drawn up a list of twelve books to banish winter blues and included His Whole Life as one of the twelve. For the full list click here.

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BBC Radio Essay

As part of a week-long series of radio essays called “Art in a Cold Climate” on BBC 3, I was one of five writers from five different northern countries given the task ‘to select and reflect on a work of … Continue reading

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NOW Magazine

A four N review by Susan G. Cole of His Whole Life in Toronto’s NOW Magazine calls the novel “superb,” “a poignant portrait of a complex family dealing with loss and regret.” Well, to be accurate, she says, “nevertheless superb,” because … Continue reading

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Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Finalist

It was a great pleasure to have His Whole Life on the shortlist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, 2015. The jury’s citation reads: Set on the cusp of personal and national change, His Whole Life is a resonant and penetrating novel that … Continue reading

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Interview by Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers did an on-stage interview with me about His Whole Life for The First Chapter, her CBC Radio books program. We spoke on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Woody Point Writers’ Festival in Woody Point, Newfoundland. Listen to … Continue reading

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