Elizabeth Hay


Meet Elizabeth Hay who has been writing since the age of fifteen. Her compelling and popular stories reveal a writer who stares down the tough issues in life, whether domestic or political, with much wit and grace. Hay will be in conversation with author Diana Davidson.

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Friday, October 20. 7:00pm. St. Albert Public Library.  

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Elizabeth Hay has lived across Canada, in England, Mexico and New York. It was while living in Yellowknife that she began a 10-year stretch as a radio broadcaster. She admits she was a writer with a split personality, writing to a formula of sorts for radio and writing privately in the notebooks she began to keep. It took her a long time to see that the clarity, economy and directness required to tell a story to a radio audience would serve her well in whatever she wrote.

Hay has written short stories and creative non-fiction, but it is her novels that have received the most attention, including
A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, Late Nights on Air, Alone in the Classroom, and her 2015 novel, His Whole Life. The story is an exploration into the mystery of how members of a family can hurt each other so deeply, and remember those hurts in such detail, yet find openings that shock them with love and forgiveness. It is a captivating novel that is an unconventional coming of age story as only Elizabeth Hay could tell it.

Over the years Hay has been nominated for a number of awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the Libris Award. She won the Giller Prize in 2007.

Diana Davidson’s writing appears in several anthologies, and her debut novel Pilgrimage made the top five in the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards.

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