Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series next event is on Friday October 14th. Alix Hawley will be discussing her novel All True Not a Lie in It. This event is held at the Fernie Heritage Library. Doors open at 7pm, for live entertainment and refreshments and snacks, talk starts at 8pm.

About the book:

Told in his inimitable, haunting voice, All True Not a Lie in It hinges on Daniel Boone’s captivity by the Shawnee during the Revolutionary War, after the kidnapping and rescue of one child and the murder of another.

Alix Hawley fleshes out this one-dimensional folk hero so that we penetrate deep within his psyche: the charismatic frontiersman; the husband who struggled to mollify his wife, whom he frequently abandoned with their children while he wandered eighteenth-century America, or dragged with him while cutting a trail through the wilderness that hundreds of thousands would eventually follow; and the loving father whose actions led directly to the torture and murder of his son.

All True Not a Lie in It is a brilliant first novel, replete with storytelling that is taut and expert, descriptions that are rich and intense, and prose that is full of feeling, especially about Daniel’s love and longing. Alix Hawley has masterfully imagined the experience of settling America through the eyes and the heart of one of its most famous settlers.

About Alix Hawley:

Alix Hawley studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of British Columbia. She published a story collection, The Old Familiar, which was longlisted for the ReLit award, with Thistledown Press in 2008. Three of her stories have recently won accolades from the CBC Canada Writes competition: “Tentcity” and  “Jumbo” were runners-up for the Short Story Prize in 2012 and 2014, and “Pig (For Oma)” won first prize in the 2014 Bloodlines contest. Her first novel, All True Not a Lie in It, was published by Knopf as its New Face of Fiction pick for 2015, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the  Amazon.ca / Walrus First Novel Award and BC Book Prize for Fiction. A sequel is underway.

Alix lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her family.