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Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill is the author of several books, including Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.
Heather O'Neill is a Canadian author. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Heather O'Neill's debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was a finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award and won Canada Reads 2007. The Montreal-based writer was the first back-to-back finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize: her novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night was a finalist in 2014 and her short story collection Daydreams of Angels was a finalist in 2015. Her latest books are the novel The Lonely Hearts Hotel and the nonfiction book Wisdom in Nonsense

Books by Heather O'Neill

Interviews with Heather O'Neill

The award-winning Canadian author reflects on the label of ‘white trash.’ 4:44
The award-winning Canadian writer Heather O'Neill's new novel, "The Lonely Hearts Hotel," is set in 1930s Montreal, where cheap hotel rooms are home to heroin addicts and prostitutes with wild ambitions and vivid imaginations. 26:00
Celebrated Montreal writer Heather O'Neill on how gendered expectations limit the lives of young women, and why she thinks it's time to lift the protective gauze off girlhood. 11:16
Acclaimed writer Heather O'Neill's father was a janitor, but listed his occupation as professor of philosophy, and he offered a series of unusual rules for life as she grew up in Montreal. In her Henry Kreisel Lecture at the Canadian Literature Centre in Edmonton, and in conversation, she talks about unexpected muses and mentors, being a 'problem' reader, and how some idiosyncratic lessons prepared her to cross the class divide. 53:59
Novelist Heather O'Neill on her book "Wisdom in Nonsense," about how her father's offbeat advice helped shape her as a writer. 16:20

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