It was very nice to be included on the Globe and Mail's and National Post's Best Books of 2015 lists, as per previous posts. It's also lovely to have All True pop up on some other recent lists. Barda Book Talk named it one of the year's top historical novels, Mosaic Books in Kelowna has put it on its Best Books EVER list (!), and Real Style, startlingly, added me to its list of Five Emerging Writers to Watch For (I'm in pyjamas at the moment).
Scroll back through the blog for some other writers to watch for--this year I've had a good time talking with people like Kevin Hardcastle (Debris), Andrew F. Sullivan (new book, Waste, out in March), Ayelet Tsabari (The Best Place on Earth), Danila Botha (Too Much on the Inside), Sean Johnston (We Don't Listen To Them), Adam Lewis Schroeder (All-Day Breakfast), Chelsea Rooney (Pedal), Emma Hooper (Etta & Otto & Russell & James), Guillaume Morissette (New Tab), and Corinna Chong (Belinda's Rings), among others. More coming.
On the heels of yesterday's post, I'm also delighted to hear that All True is one of The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2015. I feel lucky to be among writers like Wab Kinew, Heather O'Neill, Patrick DeWitt, Anakana Schofield, and even Madame Kim Kardashian (I'm thinking I need a more glamorous author photo). Here's the editorial comment:
"This fictional portrait of legendary American explorer Daniel Boone was a deserving winner of this year’s Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Yes, she published a short story collection in 2008, but with All True, Hawley truly arrived."
So much good reading this year. On that note, Storybrain will be back soon--I've been busy drafting--with more authors you might like.
I'm so happy All True has just cracked the top twenty of The National Post's NP99 Best Books of 2015 list. (And that's the terrific Anakana Schofield in the image below--get reading her Martin John (#3) if you haven't already).
Here's what the editors said:
"Hawley’s daring and stylish re-imagining of the legend of Daniel Boone marks this debut writer—and winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award—as a definite up-and-comer in Canadian literature."
Early Christmas present for me. Now back to the sequel draft.
I'm the author of My Name is a Knife, All True Not a Lie In It, and The Old Familiar.