|Notable works||Lullabies for Little Criminals|
Heather O'Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist, who 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.
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.
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.
She published her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals in 2006 and it immediately became a bestseller.
Her short story collection Daydreams of Angels is slated for publication in 2015.
Awards for Heather O'Neill
- Winner of Canada Reads 2007
- Winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2007
- Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award 2007
- Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2008
- Shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/ Books in Canada First Novel Award 2007
- Shortlisted for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award 2007
- Shortlisted for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal 2007
- Shortlisted for the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize South Africa 2008
- Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2008
- Winner, GOLD, National Magazine Awards, Best Feature Short (ELLE CANADA), 2010
- Winner, GOLD, National Magazine Awards, Best Feature Short (CHATELAINE), 2011
- Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2014
- two eyes are you sleeping poems (1999)
- Lullabies for Little Criminals novel (2006)
- The Girl Who Was Saturday Night novel (2014) (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize)
- Daydreams of Angels stories (2015)
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. In December 2013, it was named to the Toronto International Film Festival's annual top ten list, in the short film category.
- "Damien Echols, Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, Lisa See, & More". Library Journal, December 6, 2013.
- 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.
- "Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews among six Giller Prize finalists". Quill & Quire, October 6, 2014.
- "The 50 most anticipated books of 2015 (the first half, anyway)". The Globe and Mail, January 2, 2015.
- Leighton, Heather (9 September 2013). "The End of Pinky to premiere at TIFF". The Rover. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "TIFF's Top 10 films of 2013 taps Enemy, The F Word, Gabrielle". CBC News. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.