UBC Okanagan has chosen All True Not a Lie In It as its Fall 2016 One Book selection! We'll have lots of events in October, from readings and book club-type discussions to a clever panel of experts--Indigenous studies, English lit, psychology, economics (!)--giving their takes on the book (I'll be lurking in the back for that one). See the site now for dates and ideas. And if you're not in the Okanagan to join us in person, keep checking the site for readers' questions, etc., too.
We are really happy to announce that rights to All True Not a Lie In It have been sold to China. Any bets on what the re-translated title will be?
We are beyond delight at having a jacket quote for the US edition of All True from the great Joyce Carol Oates, whose work I've loved since I read Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? in high school. (I just finished The Accursed, her latest novel, a hell of a ride as usual, and am looking forward to sinking into her new stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep). Here's what she says:
"Alix Hawley has written a boldly original, mysterious, and provocative novel—the demythologizing of an American icon (Daniel Boone) and his reinvention as a figure of poetic luminosity. She is Cormac McCarthy’s young heiress, with a light and forgiving heart."
So make mine a triple this time.
My US publisher and I are extra delighted to have a jacket quote for All True from the terrific Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (you can see the Ang Lee-directed film version this November!). Here's what he says:
"This rich and wonderful novel imagines us so deeply into the mind of Daniel Boone that the stuff of his legend--the explorations, the conquests, the super-athlete woodsman feats--seem almost incidental to the soul-twisting trajectory of his intimate life. Family, love and loss, the longing for home, the intensity with which Boone lived these dramas help to explain the superhuman drive of this man, and Alix Hawley brilliantly renders every aspect of his story."
Time for more drinks, no?
. . . in which I review David Adams Richards' new novel, Principles to Live By, for The Globe and Mail. It's a heartbreaker.
Here's a new piece I wrote for The Millions, on Netflix's Happy Valley and the Anne Bronte influence. If you haven't seen the show, give it a try. Sarah Lancashire is impeccable in it. And you might see some more Bronte hints too.
I'm the author of All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf Canada 2015, Ecco USA 2016) and The Old Familiar (Thistledown 2008).