I'm so thrilled to have a quote from Philipp Meyer, the Pulitzer-nominated author of American Rust and The Son, for the US edition of All True. Here's what he says about it:
"A stunning debut that will stand the test of time. Hawley's book is a deep dive into the character and mindset of one of the most legendary figures of the American Frontier. Though it is accurate down to the smallest detail—every page reads as shimmeringly, intensely real—the novel wears its historical mantle lightly. It is stylistically and psychologically brilliant, truly a great novel."
Right, it's drinking time. Cheers.
My review of Richard B. Wright's new novel Nightfall, a sequel to October, is in The Globe and Mail this weekend. I've been reading a lot of books about age lately. In my own sequel to All True (it's coming), Dan is facing the troubles and consolations of getting older too, so this was an especially timely read for me. Always interested to hear your thoughts as well.
My review of Graham Swift's new novel, Mothering Sunday, is out in the Globe and Mail today. The book is clever and surprising. I'd like to hear what you think too.
Here are some of the official pictures, taken by the gallant Monica Miller, from the BC Book Prizes at Government House last weekend. I got to hug the Honourable Judith Guichon and pose with the less honourable yet very lovely Children's Book Prize winner Susan Juby, among others. We should do it again.
All True took home the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize last night at the big Government House party! I'm still feeling exlamatory! Given the competition, I was not prepared for this eventuality and managed to bumble my way through some thank-yous onstage, subsequently descending the wrong stairs. So I'd like to properly thank the BC Book Prizes committee and volunteers, the jury and presenters, the Honourable Judith Guichon for hosting us, all those who came out to see us on the prize tour, my publishers and editors, my family, and especially my mum for introducing me to Ethel Wilson's stories years ago.
Big congratulations to all the other finalists and winners. So glad to have met you, and to have seen some old friends too.
Here we are on the red carpet! Back row is Lieutenant-Governor's Medal winner Alan Twigg, Illustrated Children's Book winner Annette LeBox, and me. Front row: Nonfiction winner Briony Penn, Her Honour Judith Guichon, Children's Book winner (and partner in crime) Susan Juby, Poetry winner Raoul Fernandes. Check out all their books. Amazing stuff.
I'm the author of My Name is a Knife, All True Not a Lie In It, and The Old Familiar.