Heather O'Neill speaking at a book panel in 2016
|Notable works||Lullabies for Little Criminals|
Heather O'Neill (born 1973) 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, Arizona, whom she raised as a single parent.
O'Neill published her debut novel Lullabies for Little Criminals in 2006 and it immediately became a bestseller.
She published her second novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night in 2014. It was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was also nominated for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Encore Award.
She has made contributions to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, This American Life, CBC Radio, Rookie Magazine, Elle, Chatelaine, the National Post, The Globe and Mail the Toronto Star, and The Walrus.
- 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
- Longlisted Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015
- Longlisted Encore Award 2015
- Longlisted Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2015 
- Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015
- Shortlisted the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2015
- Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015
- Winner Danuta Gleed Literary Award 2016
- Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award 2016
- Longlisted Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
- two eyes are you sleeping poems (1999)
- Lullabies for Little Criminals novel (2006)
- The Girl Who Was Saturday Night novel (2014)
- Daydreams of Angels stories (2015)
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel novel (2017)
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.
- O'Neill, Heather (March 19, 2014). "One woman shares the perks (and hardships) of being a mother at 20". Chatelaine.
- Hoffert, Barbara (December 16, 2013). "Damien Echols, Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, Lisa See, & More". Library Journal.
- Stoffman, Judy (December 13, 2006). "Lyrical Lullabies; Heather O'Neill's first novel, inspired by her hardscrabble childhood, draws raves". The Toronto Star. p. D.4.
- O'Neill, Heather (February 18, 2017). "We've been children together, my daughter and me". The Guardian. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
- Carter, Sue (October 6, 2014). "Heather O'Neill, Miriam Toews among six Giller Prize finalists". Quill & Quire.
- Flood, Alison (March 10, 2015). "Shami Chakrabarti reveals Baileys women's prize for fiction longlist". The Guardian. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Medley, Mark (January 2, 2015). "The 50 most anticipated books of 2015 (the first half, anyway)". The Globe and Mail.
- "2015 Shortlist". Scotiabank Giller Prize. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Margaret Atwood, Heather O'Neill up for Frank O'Connor short story prize". CBC/Radio-Canada. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
- Leighton, Heather (September 9, 2013). "The End of Pinky to premiere at TIFF". The Rover. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- "TIFF's Top 10 films of 2013 taps Enemy, The F Word, Gabrielle". CBC News. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.