Heather O'Neill

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Heather O'Neill
Born Montreal, Quebec
Occupation writer
Education McGill University
Notable work(s) Lullabies for Little Criminals
Children 1

Heather O'Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. She published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, in 2006. The novel was subsequently selected for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by singer-songwriter John K. Samson. Lullabies won the competition. The book also won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for eight other major awards, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award and was longlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[1]

Lullabies for Little Criminals was a publishing sensation in Canada and went on to become an international bestseller. She was named by Chatelaine as one of the most influential women in Canada.

Biography[edit]

Heather O’Neill was born in Montreal. Although her father is from Montreal, her mother is of Southern American descent. O’Neill spent the first part of her childhood in Montreal. After her parents’ divorce, she lived in the American South with her mother for several years before returning to Montreal to live with her father. She has lived in Montreal ever since. She was educated at Dawson College and McGill University. She has one daughter named Arizona.[2]

She published her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals in 2006 and it immediately became a best seller.[3]

She has made contributions to The New York Times Magazine, This American Life,[4] CBC Radio, Rookie Magazine, Elle, Chatelaine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star.

Awards for Lullabies for Little Criminals and Heather O'Neill[edit]

Books[edit]

  • two eyes are you sleeping poems (1999)
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals novel (2006)
  • The Girl Who Was Saturday Night novel (2014)

Other Work[edit]

O'Neill wrote the screenplay for the 2000 film St. Jude directed by John L'Ecuyer and starring Liane Balaban and Nicholas Campbell. It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

O'Neill has written a book of poetry entitled "two eyes are you sleeping".

Her 2008 short story "The End of Pinky" was adapted as a 2013 animated short of the same name, with O'Neill providing English narration.[6] In December 2013, it was named to the Toronto International Film Festival's annual top ten list, in the short film category.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/12/prepub/picks/damien-echols-stephen-king-larry-mcmurtry-lisa-see-more-barbaras-picks-jun-2014-pt-1/
  2. ^ Stoffman, Judy (December 13, 2006). "Lyrical Lullabies; Heather O'Neill's first novel, inspired by her hardscrabble childhood, draws raves;". Entertainment (The Toronto Star). pp. D.4. 
  3. ^ http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Turning+page+2014+exciting+literary+prospects/9327909/story.html
  4. ^ http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/heather-oneill
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253620/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  6. ^ Leighton, Heather (9 September 2013). "The End of Pinky to premiere at TIFF". The Rover. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "TIFF's Top 10 films of 2013 taps Enemy, The F Word, Gabrielle". CBC News. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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