Repeat KWF alumna Elizabeth Hay is the author of nine original, highly distinctive novels. From The Only Snow in Havana—an imaginative blend of autobiography, history, and biography that won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction—to the highly-acclaimed stories in Small Change, to the Giller Award-winning Late Nights on Air, each is characterized by Elizabeth’s keen insight, dark humour, and superb craftsmanship.
All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, her first book of non-fiction, was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize and won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
“There’s no two other people that I’ve thought about as much as I’ve thought about as my parents,” says Elizabeth. “I call them the vivid giants of my life.”
She describes writing the memoir as a “wonderful exercise in giving my parents more room, so that they actually became full characters.” In its jury citation, the Writers’ Trust called the memoir “rare and poetic. All Things Consoled becomes, itself, a consolation for anyone despairing at the loose ends that parents leave behind. Page-after-page this is a masterclass in observation—a lesson in how meaning can emerge from grief.”
Born in Owen Sound, Elizabeth lives in the Ottawa Valley.
Appearing in: 18. All Things Observed