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Lynn Coady is the author of Hellgoing, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Antagonist, which won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She published her most recent novel, Watching You Without Me, in 2019. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Coady lives in Toronto.


Lynn Coady on Hellgoing

Award History

Jury Citation

“Lynn Coady’s brilliant short stories offer a discomforting cast of characters who can’t ever genuinely relate – a mutually tormenting teacher and student, a nun and her anorexic patient, newlyweds into S&M. The struggles of these mismatched people are painful and often hilarious, and the startling way everyday objects embody their predicaments – jars of salsa, the flag on a mailbox, a chain link fence – never fails to move us. Enigmatic and witty, Hellgoing pushes us all against the fence.” — 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco)

2000 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Play the Monster Blind

Program History

Works recognized by WT

Play the Monster Blind