Author Archives: Liz Hay

The Radetzky March

A week ago in Spain I was grateful for the spotless train windows. On the station platform, workers in yellow uniforms reached up with their cloths as easily as if they were cleaning windows in a room. The train pulled … Continue reading

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Deathbed

Every so often I’m asked if I love movies as much as Harriet in Garbo Laughs. I say that I do, then admit that I don’t watch movies much anymore: I can’t figure out the three remote controls. The last … Continue reading

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On CBC’s Creative Block

Elizabeth Hay was featured on CBC’s Creative Block on Sunday, March 18th, 2012 on bold tv. For more, visit the CBC Creative Block Facebook page.

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Old Dogs

I traded advice with my daughter the other day – we were talking about the brave leap that all creativity requires. It can’t happen if you belabour and pummel yourself. It takes courage and self-forgetfulness. She knows this as well … Continue reading

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Signs of Life

January comes to an end. It makes me think of crooked teeth, this difficult month. Winter in rack and ruin. Our skating canal lopped off at the knees by freezing rain. Snow thawed and refrozen a dozen times. Walking a … Continue reading

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Canadian

I find it extraordinarily sad, the sale of my proud and struggling Canadian publisher, McClelland & Stewart, to Random House, the German-owned conglomerate. Even though I can guess at the realities and appreciate the relief my friends at M&S tell … Continue reading

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‘Alone in the Classroom’ in Ottawa Citizen’s Top Ten

The Ottawa Citizen’s Top 10 Canadian Books for 2011 leads off with Alone in the Classroom: “Ottawa’s Elizabeth Hay, 2007 Giller winner for Late Nights on Air, returns with her fourth novel, a rich story of interweaving human relationships and … Continue reading

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Apricots

It’s tough to be sleepless at this time of year since we turn down the heat before going to bed. At two a.m. it’s on with my bathrobe, on with my llama wool socks and downstairs to hot milk, a … Continue reading

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Delacroix Never Won a Prize

I keep eight or so quotations on a corner of my desk, written on slips of paper and held together by a paper clip, reaching for them when I’m low or lost or ashamed of myself. Here’s one. Jean Renoir … Continue reading

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‘Alone in the Classroom’ a Globe Best Book 2011

“Through the figure of a beloved schoolteacher aunt, Hay’s narrator in this splendid novel sets out to discover the experiences that shaped her parents, and herself. In 1929, Connie Flood encounters, while teaching in Saskatchewan, a grim principal, self-important and … Continue reading

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