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Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ’s first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the BC Book Prize for Fiction and the Vancity Book Prize.

Her second novel, A Recipe for Bees, was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The Spawning Grounds, her first literary novel after the 2007 bestseller Turtle Valley, was published in 2016, nominated for the Sunburst Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for fiction.

Her latest novel, The Almost Wife, a thriller, is released in 2021.

She has also written many hi-lo books for both teens and adults working to improve their literacy skills.

Gail taught for nearly a decade within the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and now offers developmental edits and mentors writers privately online.

She lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia and, until recently, owned a summer home on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

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A Rhinestone Button. a novel published by Knopf Canada in 2002 and Virago of Little, Brown U.K. in
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
The Spawnoing Grounds, a novel. Knopf Canada, 2016
The Almost Wife. HarperCollins


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
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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
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