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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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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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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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Already A Bestseller

Published only a week ago, on August 11, His Whole Life is already on the Globe and Mail’s best seller list for fiction. Hurray. And now — as of August 18 — it’s #3 on the best seller list in … Continue reading

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Ottawa Launch of His Whole Life

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, August 9, more than 200 people attended the launch of His Whole Life outside the Horticulture Building in Ottawa. I’m under the canopy, like the Pope. The event was organized with flare by the Ottawa … Continue reading

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Nerves

You finish writing a book and relax for a bit. I finished His Whole Life in March and now it’s the end of June. The book will come out in August. That’s soon. And what always happens is happening again. … Continue reading

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December

A warm house. A beautiful tree in the corner drinking water like a thirsty dog. Our children home. My favourite parts of Christmas are bringing the outside in and the far away close. Our son is home from England, our … Continue reading

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Breakfast Under the Influence

Some writers say they don’t read fiction when they’re in the middle of writing fiction, so afraid are they of unconsciously picking up the other’s voice. Not me. I read anything. Early the other day, waiting for breakfast in a … Continue reading

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