Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


Alix Ohlin

House of Anansi Press

Alix Ohlin

Jury Citation

"Intricate, involving, and inspiring are all words that can be used to describe Alix Ohlin’s new novel Inside. Ohlin has managed to show her readers the frailty and strength of her characters: a therapist, a runaway actress, and a grade six teacher turned single mom. Over a ten year period, her group of characters wander in and out of each other's lives looking for whatever they can find, often realizing it’s something they can't name. Deep and emotional, Ohlin’s novel shows us how coincidental and complicated life can be. A truly rewarding journey."

About the Book

While skiing on Montreal’s Mount Royal, a devoted therapist named Grace stumbles across a man’s failed attempt to hang himself. Following her instincts, she tries to help him and other troubled souls around her, including a distressed teenage patient named Annie who often cuts herself and always lies. Over a period of twelve years, Inside moves between New York, Los Angeles, Kigali, and Iqaluit, following characters and exploring destruction all the while. Hope is hinted at, but damage, death and uncertainty are deeply rooted in the conclusion to this story about how far one’s duty goes when helping others.

About the Author

Born and raised in Montreal, Alix Ohlin’s novel Inside and story collection, Signs and Wonders, were both released on June 5 of this year. Ohlin currently lives in the United States and teaches at Lafayette College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Third Deadline

November 11, 2015
For books published between Sept 9 - Dec 31


Woodcock Fund




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