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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),

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