Gail Anderson-Dargatz


Discover the people and landscapes that inspire Gail Anderson-Dargatz. The rural characters and small-town settings of her award-winning books set her apart from many writers of her generation. Hear how family stories of the Thompson-Shuswap region influenced her writing about ghosts, premonitions and Canadian women in rural settings as she talks with Laurie Greenwood.


Saturday, October 15. 7:00pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz, whose fictional style has been coined as “Pacific Northwest Gothic” by the Boston Globe, has been compared by critics to Steinbeck, Atwood, Munro and Rushdie.

Anderson-Dargatz’s literary career began when she won first prize in a CBC Literary Competition for a story taken from an early draft of her first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning. By the time a literary agent took her on she already had a short story collection ready to go: The Miss Hereford Stories, which was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Anderson-Dargatz’s novels A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were international bestsellers, and finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize; and Turtle Valley and A Rhinestone Button were national bestsellers in Canada.

Her long-awaited new novel, The Spawning Grounds, is full of the qualities Anderson-Dargatz's fans love: it's an intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of BC, a bold story that bridges native and white cultures, saturated with the history of the place. The book will be published just prior to us welcoming Anderson-Dargatz to St. Albert.

Host Laurie Greenwood is CBC Radio’s book columnist and former Edmonton independent bookstore owner.

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