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College professor’s novel finalist for national literary award
Okanagan College Media Release

Continuing to the capture the attention of the literary world, Okanagan College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley’s debut novel All True Alix Hawley May 2015Not a Lie in It has received a nod from one of the country’s most reputable literary competitions, the First Novel Award.

Hawley is one of five finalists for the award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the Canadian novel repertoire by first-time novelists. Head judge and fiction editor of The Walrus, Nick Mount, thoughtfully selected each of the finalists.

“The nomination came as a surprise, and I feel very lucky to be included in such good company of nominees,” shares Hawley. Joining Hawley in the nomination are authors Emma Hooper, Sean Michaels, Guillaume Morissette and Chelsea Rooney.

A panel of judges, including award-winning authors Helen Humphreys and Richard Wagamese, will review the finalists’ novels with the winner being announced on May 21, 2015.

Hawley’s novel, published in February, recounts the adventures of American pioneer Daniel Boone, who attempted to settle Kentucky and was captured by the Shawnee. Narrated in the first-person voice, the novel has been described as "remarkable," "a serious literary thrill," and "a book of great sympathy and sadness."

“As authors, we spend so much time writing our books, which is quite a solitary pursuit,” says Hawley. “It's a thrill to know that readers are finding my book, and even more to hear how they respond to the story. This nomination feels like a bonus above that.”

The award has launched some of the country’s most celebrated authors, such as Michael Ondaatje and Joy Kogawa. Hawley still finds it hard to believe she is included in the company of these renowned writers.

For additional information about the award, please visit