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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's most recent novel, The Spawning Grounds, was again a national bestseller and was short-listed for the Canadian Author's Association Fiction Award and was nominated for the OLA Evergreen Award and the Sunburst Award recognizing Canadian literature of the fantastic.

Gail taught advanced novel and advanced fiction in the optional-residency creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia for almost a decade.  She now mentors writers from around the world through her private online teaching forum. For more on working with Gail, please visit her website.

Gail offers retreats for writers at Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island, Ontario during the summer. In October, she runs a retreat for writers in BC's beautiful Shuswap region. For more, 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
The Spawnoing Grounds, a novel. Knopf Canada, 2016


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