Category Archives: Reader Resources

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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Globe and Mail Interview

The Globe and Mail interviewed me about His Whole Life and about which books have meant the most to me. The first question they asked was why I wrote my new novel (later I got to talk about big-band music, Pauline Kael’s … Continue reading

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Reading Guide for His Whole Life

For readers and book clubs, we’ve compiled a series of questions that might be helpful. They range from, “Do you think worst things define people forever?” to questions about Nan and Lulu’s friendship, George’s stubbornness, Jim’s understanding of himself, and … Continue reading

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CBC Books

CBC Books runs a series of short interviews in which authors ask the questions. For instance, Alexi Zentner asks, “What’s your worst writing habit?” My answer: “Rewriting the first page so often it becomes pathetic.” You can read the full interview here.

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Ottawa Citizen on His Whole Life

“Hay explores power of regret in new novel.” Peter Robb’s article in the Ottawa Citizen, based on an interview with me, gives the background for His Whole Life. He writes, “Hay grapples with profound emotions in her books. That is … Continue reading

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Reader’s Guide for Late Nights on Air

Discussion Questions for Late Nights on Air Harry Boyd, an admitted romantic, tries to make an impression on Dido Paris by setting her news script on fire while she is on the air. Fire is an ancient metaphor for passion, … Continue reading

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Reader’s Guide for Small Change

Discussion Questions for Small Change After reading Small Change, discuss the role that the epigraphs from Noel Coward and Toni Morrison play in acting as road maps through the terrain that Small Change explores. You might want to discuss, for … Continue reading

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Reading Guide for Alone in the Classroom

Discussion Questions for Alone in the Classroom Most of the main characters in Alone in the Classroom are teachers, from Connie Flood and Syd Goodwin, who are gifted teachers, to Anne Flood, who doubts her teaching skills, to Parley Burns, … Continue reading

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Audio: A reading from His Whole Life

Elizabeth Hay reads Chapter 1 from His Whole Life.

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Audio: A reading from Alone in the Classroom

A recorded excerpt from Alone in the Classroom. Continue reading Continue reading

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