Gail Anderson-Dargatz

GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages in more than fifteen territories. Her international bestsellers, The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees met with terrific acclaim and were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Cure for Death by Lighting also won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the BC Book Prize for Fiction, and the Vancity Book Prize. A Recipe for Bees was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A Rhinestone Button and Turtle Valley were national bestsellers and Gail's first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was a finalist for the Leacock Medal for Humour. Gail’s most recent literary work, The Spawning Grounds was nominated for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award, and was short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for fiction. Her thriller, The Almost Wife, is released by HarperCollins in July 2021. Gail has also written many hi-lo books for the educational market. Her book Iggy's World was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Book Awards. The Ride Home was just short-listed for a BC and Yukon Book Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Gail taught fiction, novel and advanced novel courses within the UBC CW MFA optional-residency program for nearly a decade. She now offers developmental edits and mentors writers on her online teaching forums. For more, please visit her website:

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