Heather O'Neill

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Powerful Stories

Get close to the characters in this Montreal writer’s astonishing works. From the street-life epic Lullabies for Little Criminals, which took off like a rocket, to her new collection of short stories, Heather O’Neill’s writing is a physical force, with affection and compassion for her bohemian characters.

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Friday, October 23. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Heather O’Neill was born and lives in Montreal, but she spent some time living in the American South. She is a poet, short story writer, screenwriter, journalist and novelist. She has won gold twice at the National Magazine Awards.

O'Neill published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, in 2006. A gritty, heart-wrenching novel about bruised innocence on Montreal’s feral streets, the book is the story of the strength, wits and luck necessary for survival. It won Canada Reads and the Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for eight other awards including the Orange Prize and the Governor General's Award. Lullabies for Little Criminals was a publishing sensation in Canada and went on to become an international bestseller. O’Neill was named by Chatelaine as one of the most influential women in Canada.

In her second novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, O’Neill returns to the grubby, enchanted city with a tale of the vice of fame and the ties of family. It was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2014. Her 2015 Daydreams of Angels, is a compelling collection of short stories filled with quirky characters and captivating descriptions of worlds both real and imagined.


Host Anne Bailey is a Canadian Literature scholar, a writer and communications professional at the University of Alberta, and popular host at the Library.

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