Heather and Arizona O'Neill

CBC Homerun Book Columnists

Heather O'Neill is an award winning novelist, short story writer, and essayist who lives in Montreal. She is Arizona's Mom. Arizona O'Neill is a filmmaker and avid reader who lives in Montreal. She is Heather's daughter. Follow them on their Instagram @oneillreads

Latest from Heather and Arizona O'Neill


A window into the world of women with 6 books for fall

We explore books which examine the close-knit, competitive, vulnerable and beautiful relationships within societies of women.

Explore history through the eyes of the excluded with these books

The following books have employed essays, oral recordings, fiction and illustration in order to shine light on stories that elude the traditional structures of nonfiction.

Dive into these good books about bad relationships

We love to read books with cosmic romances that transcend fate, but we also love to read about bad relationships that don't end well. One makes us hopeful, and the other makes us feel better about our own past situations, say Heather and Arizona O'Neill.

Discover the genre of cli-fi with these 6 books

Take a closer look at 6 books that delve into the possibilities and dangers of a world that is changing in threatening and alienating ways due to our negligent effects on the environment.

Celebrate Mother's Day with these 6 books about motherhood

Since it is Mother’s Day this weekend, we decided to focus on recent books with new perspectives of motherhood, say Heather and Arizona O'Neill.

If you love animals, here are 10 books for you

This month we decided to focus on some of our favourite books told from the perspective of animals. Some of the most beloved characters in fiction happen to not be human.

Is real life stranger than science fiction?

CBC book columnists Heather and Arizona O'Neill try to answer that fundamental philosophical question: Is real life stranger than science fiction?

Explore the world of literary fantasy with these 6 books

With graphic novels, the possibilities with images are endless and daring, and allow the text to work in other more subtle, ironic ways, say Heather and Arizona O'Neill

6 books to read before you watch their screen adaptations

From the page to the screen, here are 6 books that have been adapted for film or television.

Your weekly book selection: Stories set in Japan, Nunavut and the post-internet world

This month CBC Homerun's book columnists Heather O'Neill and her daughter, filmmaker Arizona O'Neill, have 5 suggestions for readers — all of them written by women.