Canadian novelist, poet, screenwriter and journalist Heather O’Neill will be the guest at the Jan. 12 Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series taking place from 7 to 10pm at 206 Accolade West Building.
O’Neill is the nominee and recipient of multiple awards, including the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, as well as the CBC’s Canada Reads, both for her 2006 debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals. The book was also shortlisted for eight other major awards, such as the Governor General’s Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction.
In 2014, she released her second novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and nominated for multiple other awards. Her 2015 short story collection, Daydreams of Angels, also made the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Hear appearance in the lecture series at York will focus on The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.
Born in Montreal, O’Neill lived for a brief time during her childhood with her mother in the American South. She returned to Montreal at the age of nine, and has lived there ever since. She pursued her education at Dawson College and McGill University.
The Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series, presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LAPS), brings Canadian writers to campus for an up-close and personal event.
Other upcoming events in the series include:
Jan. 26 – Gregory Scofield, Louis: The Heretic Poems
Feb. 9 – Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
March 1 – Sue Goyette, Ocean
March 15 – Aisha Sasha John, Thou