Billie Livingston

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Billie Livingston is a Canadian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. Born in Hamilton, Ontario,[1] Livingston grew up in Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver.

Her critically acclaimed first novel,Going Down Swinging (2000), was followed by The Chick at the Back of the Church (2001), a poetry book that was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. Her second novel, Cease to Blush, was published in 2006 and subsequently chosen as one of the year's best books by The Globe and Mail, January Magazine, and The Tyee. Livingston's One Good Hustle, a novel about a young woman's fear that she is genetically doomed to become a con artist, was long-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize and selected by The Globe and Mail, January Magazine, and Toronto's Now Magazine as one of the year's best books.[2][3][4][5]

Livingston's short story collection, Greedy Little Eyes, was cited by The Globe and Mail as one of 2010's best books and by The Georgia Straight as one of the fifteen most outstanding books of the year.[6][7] In 2011 Greedy Little Eyes won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for Best Short Story Collection as well as the CBC's Bookie Award.[8][9][10] In 2013, her story, The Trouble with Marlene, was made into the feature film, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, directed by Ana Valine, and starring Suzanne Clément, Paloma Kwiatkowski, and Callum Keith Rennie.[11][12] The film was released in 2014.

2016 saw Livingston's American debut with the publication of The Crooked Heart of Mercy. The Washington Independent Review of Books called the novel "Courageously renegade (and hilarious)" offering comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.

In addition to publications in journals and magazines around the world, Livingston's poetry has appeared in textbooks and on public transit through the TransLink "Poetry in Transit" program. She has received fellowships from The Banff Centre, MacDowell Colony, Escape to Create (Seaside, Florida), Ucross Foundation and Omi International Arts Center.

She is married to American actor Tim Kelleher.



  • The Crooked Heart of Mercy (January 2016 Canada, March 2016 U.S.)
  • One Good Hustle (July 2012)(longlisted for the Giller Prize)
  • Greedy Little Eyes (2010) Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Winner of the CBC Bookie Award
  • Cease to Blush (2006)
  • Going Down Swinging (2000)

Young adult fiction[edit]



  • Literature and the Writing Process—Cdn Edition (Pearson, 2005)
  • Northwest Edge: Fictions of Mass Destruction (Chiasmus Press, 2003)
  • Dropped Threads 2 (Vintage Books, 2003)
  • Love Poems for the Media Age (Ripple Effect Press, 2001)
  • Journey Prize Anthology (McClelland and Stewart, 2001)
  • Hammer and Tongs (Smoking Lung Press, 1999)
  • The Edges of Time (Seraphim Editions, 1999)
  • Meltwater (Banff Centre Press, 1999)


  1. ^ "Writers Union Biography: Billie Livingston". Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  2. ^ "The 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist". Scotiabank. 
  3. ^ "The Globe's top 23 Canadian fiction books of the year". The Globe and Mail. November 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Best Books of 2012: Fiction". January Magazine. January 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Susan G. Cole's Top 10 books". NOW Magazine. December 27-January 3, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Levin, Martin; Kirchhoff, Jack (November 27, 2010). "The 2010 Globe 100: Canadian fiction". The Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ Varty, Alexander; Lynch, Brian; Smith, Charlie (December 15, 2010). "Georgia Straight writers choose 15 outstanding books of 2010". 
  8. ^ "The CBC Bookies winners revealed!". February 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nominees for Danuta Gleed Literary Award Announced". National Post. May 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Billie Livingston Wins Danuta Gleed Literary Award". National Post. May 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ Punter, Jennie (April 1, 2013). "Foundation Features, Ana Valine on the 'Edge'". Variety. 
  12. ^ Schaefer, Glen (April 7, 2013). "Dark drama long time coming for Ana Valine". The Province. 

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