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Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay
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“The way I live is to write,” Elizabeth Hay told CBC’s Shelagh Rogers in an interview. With 10 published books and a host of literary honours, it’s safe to say Hay is living a good writing life. Her first novel, A Student of the Weather, won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction; her second, Garbo Laughs, won the Ottawa Book Award; and her third, Late Nights On Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her most recent work, All Things Consoled: a daughter’s memoir, was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize and won the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Hay recounts the challenges she faced in caring for her aging parents and the complicated emotions brought up in being ‘the good daughter’. The writing is penetrating and concise, and while a highly personal story, it is told with clarity and compassion, and sometimes brutal honesty, making for a compelling and relatable read.

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