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Alissa
York

Alissa York’s novels include Effigy, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Naturalist, which won the Canadian Authors’ Association Fiction Award. York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Brick magazine, Canadian Geographic and elsewhere. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband.

Award History

Jury Citation

"Alissa York’s impressive oeuvre evinces an abiding fascination with flora and fauna. Her fictions immerse readers in worlds where the human and the natural are inextricable. From the bogs of Manitoba to the rivers of the Amazon rainforest, from the wilderness of Utah to the ravines of Toronto, York’s characters live lives entwined with natural wonders that are as complex, varied, dark, and beautiful as human experience itself. Her writing is polished, intelligent, and starkly original. York writes unflinchingly about violence, cruelty, and greed, and with equal authority about redemption, reverence, and love. We are very fortunate to have her wise and compelling stories and look forward to more to come." —2018 Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (Devon Code, Billie Livingston, and Tessa McWatt)

Jury Citation

"Alissa York’s impressive oeuvre evinces an abiding fascination with flora and fauna. Her fictions immerse readers in worlds where the human and the natural are inextricable. From the bogs of Manitoba to the rivers of the Amazon rainforest, from the wilderness of Utah to the ravines of Toronto, York’s characters live lives entwined with natural wonders that are as complex, varied, dark, and beautiful as human experience itself. Her writing is polished, intelligent, and starkly original. York writes unflinchingly about violence, cruelty, and greed, and with equal authority about redemption, reverence, and love. We are very fortunate to have her wise and compelling stories and look forward to more to come." —2018 Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (Devon Code, Billie Livingston, and Tessa McWatt)

Works recognized by WT

Any Given Power

Effigy

Fauna

Mercy

The Naturalist