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Gail's new novel The Spawning Grounds will be published by Knopf Canada in September 2016.

Her novels The Cure for Death by Lighting and A Recipe for Bees were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. A Rhinestone Button was a national bestseller in Canada and Gail's first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour. Turtle Valley was a national bestseller.

Gail also writes short novels for literacy learners through ABC Life Literacy's Good Reads and Orca's Rapid Reads programs.

Gail taught fiction and novel in the creative writing optional-residency MFA program at the
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Gail Anderson-Dargatz Hello Esther! Sorry for the delay in responding. Summer! :) I think From Scratch would be appropriate for more conservative audiences. But, of course,…moreHello Esther! Sorry for the delay in responding. Summer! :) I think From Scratch would be appropriate for more conservative audiences. But, of course, it's a short read, so perhaps taking a look to see if it fits your needs is a good idea. This particular book is from Orca's Rapid Read line, meant for adults who are working on their literacy, however. Orca publishers offers a range of books for young adults. I suggest checking out their Currents and Soundings series. And thanks for your work in helping teens to improve their literacy!(less)
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"There must always be joy. Not the joy of seeing your work published in a literary journal or making someone laugh or cry at a reading or even receiving your published book in the mail. I mean the joy of writing itself. The magic that occurs when you tap your fingers on the keyboard or move the pen along the page. The joy of being the witness and recorder of the miracle of the human mind." -- J... Read more of this blog post »
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"The Spawning Grounds is a deeply mythical and mystical story of a clash between cultures, and it examines what constitutes progress for First Nations and for their white neighbours.
The river, once teeming with salmon, is dying because of the devel..." Read more of this review »
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“Housework would never be her crowning achievement, the life's work for which she'd be known.”
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“She knew nothing about him, other than what he revealed of himself through his garden.”
Gail Anderson-Dargatz, A Recipe for Bees

“You know how cats are. They'll heal themselves if you keep them locked up. In a couple of months his bones mended. But the fear didn't; it stayed in that cat's bones. He wasn't cocky no more. Now he jumps when I go by him with the wheelbarrow. Fear like that stays inside you forever if you don't find a way to get rid of it.”
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