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Early life and work
Hawley was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1975, but moved shortly afterwards to Kelowna, British Columbia, where she began writing early. She studied for her BA (Honors) in English Literature, with a minor in Nineteenth-Century Studies, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she won the Governor General's medal as the top graduating student in the faculty of Arts. She moved to the UK to complete a M.St. and D.Phil. under Hermione Lee's supervision at Oxford University; her thesis discusses Virginia Woolf and nineteenth-century children's culture. She went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of East Anglia, studying with Andrew Motion, Richard Holmes, and Paul Magrs. She lists her favourite authors as: Alice Munro, Patricia Highsmith, Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Colm Toibin, Peter Carey, and Hilary Mantel among many others.
Hawley's first book, The Old Familiar (Thistledown Press, 2008), is a collection of short stories; The Globe and Mail referred to it this way: "’Genius’ is a word I hesitate to use in a review; Hawley's work requires it." and it was longlisted for the ReLit award. Her story "Witching" won the CBC Literary Award for Short Fiction in 2017. "Jumbo" was runner-up in 2014, and "Tentcity" was runner-up in 2011. "Little Boy" was shortlisted in 2009. In 2013, Hawley's short story "Pig (for Oma)" was the winner of the Canada Writes "Bloodlines" short memoir contest. Her story was chosen out of over 800 entries.
Her novel, All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf 2015), is a first-person account of Daniel Boone’s captivity by the Shawnee, and was signed to Knopf as part of the New Face of Fiction Program. The novel won the amazon.ca First Novel Award and the BC Book Prize for Fiction in 2015, and was longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The book won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2016.
- "Alix Hawley's All True Not A Lie In It wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award". The Globe and Mail. May 21, 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- ABC BookWorld | Alix Hawley
- UBC Alumni Relations
- Thistledown Press | Alix Hawley
- Globe and Mail Review of The Old Familiar
- Re Lit Awards
- CBC Literary Awards Shortlist Q and A with Alix Hawley
- Kelowna writer wins Canadian contest. Kelowna News, December 13, 2013.
- Knopf Signs Alix Hawley to New Face of Fiction. Quill & Quire, July 12, 2013.
- "Amazon.ca First Novel Award shortlist announced". Quill & Quire, April 1, 2015.
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize Presents Its 2015 Longlist
- Okanagan College Faculty