Michael Redhill

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Michael Redhill (born 12 June 1966) is an American-born Canadian poet, playwright and novelist.[1] Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Redhill was raised in the metropolitan Toronto, Ontario area. He pursued one year of study at Indiana University, and then returned to Canada, completing his education at York University and the University of Toronto. He was on the editorial board of Coach House Press from 1993 to 1996, and was the publisher of the Canadian literary magazine Brick from 2000 to 2009.

In 2012, he revealed that he is also the author of three novels published under the name Inger Ash Wolfe.[2]

His play, Building Jerusalem, depicts a meeting between Karl Pearson, Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Adelaide Hoodless, and Silas Tertius Rand on New Year's Eve night just prior to the 20th century.

Work as Inger Ash Wolfe[edit]

The publishers had stated that Ash is "the pseudonym for a well-known and well-regarded North American literary novelist," after the publication of the first mystery by Wolfe in 2008.[3] The pseudonym was originally to be Inger Wolf until it was recognized that a Danish crime writer already uses that name.[4][5]

As Wolfe, Redhill published his first mystery novel The Calling in 2008, released simultaneously in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. While the book has received good reviews, speculation as to the author's real identity played a large role in many of the reviews. Canadian reviewers suggested Linda Spalding, Michael Redhill, Jane Urquhart and David Adams Richards, among others.[6] American reviewers suggested Margaret Atwood, and Farley Mowat.[7] UK critics did not write about the issue.

The second novel by Wolfe, The Taken, was published in 2010. The third, A Door in the River, was published in 2012. Each of the books features series detective Hazel Micallef. The fourth novel in the series, "The Night Bell" is slated for publication in 2015. In August 2014, a film version of The Calling was released, starring Susan Sarandon in the title role.



  • Music for Silence (self-published, 1985)
  • Temporary Captives (privately published, 1989)
  • Impromptu Feats of Balance (Don Mills, ON: Wolsak and Wynn, 1990)
  • Lake Nora Arms (Toronto: Coach House, 1993; reissued by House of Anansi, 2001)
  • Asphodel (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1997)
  • Light-Crossing (Toronto: House of Anansi, 2001)


  • Martin Sloane (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2001)
  • Fidelity (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2003)
  • Consolation (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2006)

Fiction as Inger Ash Wolfe[edit]

  • The Calling (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2008)
  • The Taken (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2010)
  • A Door in the River (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2012)
  • The Night Bell (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2015)


  • Heretics (privately published, 1993)
  • Building Jerusalem (Toronto: Playwrights Union Canada, 2001)
  • Goodness (Toronto: Coach House, 2005)



Building Jerusalem[edit]

Martin Sloane[edit]


Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Redhill at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Michael Redhill, "The real Inger Ash Wolfe stands up". The Globe and Mail, July 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Amazon
  4. ^ Sarah Weinman, "Inger Ash Wolfe Responds", February 6, 2008
  5. ^ Scrivener's Error legal blog
  6. ^ This list comes from a review by Mary Jo Anderson in The Nova Scotian: "Who is Mystery Writer: Speculation Abounds on ID of 'Inger Ash Wolfe", May 25, 2008. See also: Vit Wagner, "Book mystery: Who is Inger Ash Wolfe?: Speculation about identity of crime novel's pseudonymous author creates buzz for forthcoming book", February 17, 2008, Toronto Star.
  7. ^ Michael Sims, "'The Calling' by Inger Ash Wolfe: A woman detective must unmask and stop a vicious serial killer in rural Canada", LA Times Book Review, May 5, 2008.

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