Lynn Coady

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Lynn Coady
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Lynn Coady in 2014
Born (1970-01-24) January 24, 1970 (age 45)
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1990s-present
Notable works Strange Heaven, The Antagonist, Hellgoing
Notable awards Scotiabank Giller Prize
2013 Hellgoing

Lynn Coady (born January 24, 1970)[1] is a Canadian novelist and journalist.

Life and career[edit]

Coady was born and grew up in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.[1] After high school, she attended Carleton University in Ottawa; after graduating, she moved to New Brunswick, where she worked at odd jobs for several years and began a career as a playwright.[2] In 1996, she relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.[2]

Coady's first book, Strange Heaven (1998), was nominated for a Governor General's Award.[2] Her second book, Play the Monster Blind (2000), was a national bestseller and a "Best Book" of 2000 for the Globe and Mail. Saints of Big Harbour (2002) was a Globe and Mail "Best Book" in 2002, and Mean Boy was recognized as a "Best Book" in 2006. Her 2011 novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize;[3] she won the Giller Prize in 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing.

Coady has been awarded the Canadian Authors Association/Air Canada Award for the best writer under thirty, as well as the Dartmouth Book and Writing Award for fiction. Her articles and reviews have been featured in many publications, including Saturday Night, This Magazine, and Chatelaine. She has written several plays, and contributes regularly to The Globe and Mail.

Coady lives in Edmonton, Alberta.



Short Stories[edit]


  • Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada (2003) (editor)
  • Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women's Short Stories (2006) (contributor)
  • Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories (2007) (contributor)
  • The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books (2007) (editor)
  • The Journey Prize Stories 20: The Best of Canada's New Writers (2008) (co-editor)
  • Great Expectations (2008) House of Anansi (contributor)


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