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Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s novels have been published worldwide in English and in many other languages. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lighting were international bestsellers, and were both short-listed for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. Both Turtle Valley and A Rhinestone Button were national bestsellers in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour.

Gail teaches advanced novel and advanced fiction in the optional-residency creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia. For more information on this program, visit the UBC Creative Writing Program information page.

Gail offers retreats for professional writers and runs workshop retreats for apprentice and journeyman writers at Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island, Ontario during the summer. For more, email

When time allows, Gail also provides private mentorships and manuscript evaluations to both published and unpublished writers. For details and fees, email

Many of Canada's best known writers guest blog on Gail's site:

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


A Rhinestone Button. a novel published by Knopf Canada in 2002 and Virago of Little, Brown U.K. in, 2003
A Recipe for Bees. a novel published by Anchor in the U.S. in 2001, by Harmony in the U.S. in 2000, by Knopf Canada in September 1998, by Virago of Little Brown in the U.K. in January 1999. The novel has also been published in Holland, France, Germany and Greece, Bulga
The Cure for Death by Lightning. a novel published in May 1996 by both Knopf Canada and Houghton Mifflin in the U.S. Virago of Little, Brown U.K. published the novel at the end of January 1997. Altogether the novel has been sold in 15 territories, and was a finalist for the Giller P
Turtle Valley, a novel. Knopf Canada, 2007


National Magazine Awards, short-listed for “Sense of Wonder,” Chatelaine September 2005.
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, nominated for A Recipe for Bees, 2000.
The Giller Prize, finalist for A Recipe for Bees, fall 1998.
Globe and Mail 1998 Notable Book of the Year with A Recipe for Bees.
CBA Libris Award, short-listed for A Recipe for Bees.
Giller Prize, finalist for The Cure for Death by Lightning, 1996
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Gail will talk to students about writing fiction, living the writer's life, and making a living as a writer.


Presentation Length:
one to two hours
middle and high school grades
Audience size:
Northern OAC WITS:
GST applicable