Alix Ohlin, associate professor of English, is a finalist for two major Canadian literary awards for her latest novel, Inside, a story about three people whose lives intersect in unexpected ways over the course of about 10 years.
Born and raised in Montreal, Ohlin is one of five finalists for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize, awarded to the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, which recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short-story collection.
The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize will be announced on Oct. 30. Fifty-one publishing houses across Canada submitted 142 titles for prize consideration. The winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will be announced on Nov. 7. A three-member jury shortlisted Inside after reading 116 books from 45 publishers.
In addition to Inside, Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, and two story collections, Babylon and Other Stories and Signs and Wonders, which was also released this year. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”