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Alix Hawley Wins 2015 First Novel Award

Author of All True Not a Lie In It received this year’s award from a shortlist of five first-time novelists

SEATTLE—May 21, 2015 — and the Walrus Foundation presented Alix Hawley with the First Novel Award, which celebrates the remarkable achievement of a first-time Canadian novelist. Hawley’s novel All True Not a Lie In It (Knopf Canada) earned her the title of this year’s First Novel Award winner and $7,500 at this year’s award ceremony, held at The Four Seasons in Toronto and hosted by CBC’s The Next Chapter radio host, Shelagh Rogers.

“Every year, we are fortunate to receive submissions that celebrate and illustrate incredible Canadian talent and creativity. This year, the finalists took us around the world with five unique stories,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for “We’re delighted to support a program which recognizes Canadian first-time novelists. Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s First Novel Award.”

A tall tale like no other, All True Not a Lie In It is set during the American Revolutionary War. It tells the story of folk hero and pioneer Daniel Boone in his own voice. Boone recounts his childhood in a Quaker colony, his capture—and eventual adoption—by the Shawnee, and his personal triumphs and tragedies. Hawley has also published the short-story collection The Old Familiar and her work has won multiple accolades from CBC’s Canada Writes competition. Born in Vancouver, Hawley now resides in Kelowna, British Columbia.

In addition to Hawley, the 2015 First Novel Award finalists include Etta and Otto and Russell and Jamesby Emma Hooper (Hamish Hamilton), Us Conductorsby Sean Michaels(Random House Canada), New Tabby Guillaume Morissette (Esplanade Books) and Pedalby Chelsea Rooney (Caitlin Press), all of whom earned $1,000 and a $450 Gift Card.

This year’s shortlist of finalists was selected by Nick Mount, head judge and fiction editor of The Walrus. The winner was selected from the list of finalists by a panel of judges including award-winning authors Helen Humphreys and Richard Wagamese.

"All True Not A Lie In It is a remarkable act of literary ventriloquism. Alix Hawley fully inhabits the character of Daniel Boone, creating a novel that is richly detailed, beautifully written, and intensely moving,” said Helen Humphreys, award-winner author and First Novel Award judge.

Over the last three decades, the First Novel Award has recognized outstanding literary achievements by first-time Canadian authors and has launched the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists, including most recently, Wayne Grady for Emancipation Day, Anakana Schofield for Malarky, David Bezmozgis for The Free World and Eleanor Catton for The Rehearsal.

For more information about the First Novel Award, visit or

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About the Walrus Foundation
The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; posting original, high-quality content at; and through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks. The foundation also partners with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at; and trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

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