Category Archives: Postings

Maclean’s Interview

I very much enjoyed talking to Brian Bethune of Maclean’s magazine about my memoir All Things Consoled. This link will take you there. I should probably correct two small details. My parents were 89, not 88, when my mother’s health … Continue reading

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2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

All Things Consoled: a daughter’s memoir has won the 2018 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Nonfiction, to my everlasting delight. On November 7th, in the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, seven literary awards were handed out by the Writers’ Trust, … Continue reading

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Narrating My Own Books

For a long time I wanted to narrate at least one of my own audio books and now I’ve narrated three. In the fall of 2017, in a studio across the Ottawa River in Aylmer, I spent eight sessions or so … Continue reading

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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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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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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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