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Alix Ohlin is a fiction writer born and raised in Montreal. Her novel Inside was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2012. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Ohlin lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.


Alix Ohlin on Dual Citizens

Award History

2019 Finalist

Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Dual Citizens

Jury Citation

"With supreme confidence, Ohlin’s quicksilver-prose and brilliant characterization at once seize and pull the reader into the wide-ranging and complex world of half-sisters Robin and Lark as they struggle with questions of identity, the slow burn of mental illness, and the need to leave your mark on the world. Her characters are as complex and real as your own dearest loved ones. Dual Citizens is a compulsively readable novel about family, sisterhood, and those uncontrollable forces that drive and haunt us."

— 2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, and Suzette Mayr)

2012 Finalist

Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Inside

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 who has become a single mom. Over a 10-year period, they 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.”

— 2012 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Lynn Coady, Esi Edugyan, and Drew Hayden Taylor)