Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of three novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

News and Events

Ellen in Pieces at Incite

VWF logo I’m delighted to be previewing a story from my upcoming novel Ellen in Pieces (Harper Collins 2014) at the Vancouver Writers Festival Incite reading series, March 5th.  The evening will be a celebration of 13: Best Canadian Stories (Oberon Press), which includes “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen,” winner of the Gold Medal Award for Fiction at the 2013 National Magazine Awards.  I’ll share the stage with Cynthia Flood and Zoey Leigh Peterson.  Click here for more details.

13: Best Canadian Stories

13: Best Canadian STories coverI just received my contributor’s copy of 13: Best Canadian Stories, selected by the inimitable John Metcalf.  This volume republishes “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen,” which first appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries and won the 2013 National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction. Wonderful to be between the covers with the likes of Cynthia Flood, Clark Blaise, Elisabeth De Mariaffi.  Thank you Oberon Press for its commitment to this series.

Another Gold Medal for Ellen!

NMA logoAnother story from my upcoming novel-in-stories, Ellen in Pieces, has brought home a Gold Medal for Fiction.  This time it’s a 2013 National Magazine Award.  “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen” was published in Canadian Notes and Queries.  Thanks so much to editor Dan Wells, who accepted the story.  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.  Read the story.


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The Sky Is Falling is one of six BC books chosen for THRIVE Reads, part of the Kamloops THRIVE festival.  Check out the other shortlisted titles.

2013 Western Magazine Award for Fiction Nomination

western magazine award logoI’m thrilled about another magazine award nomination for “I Feel Lousy,” originally published in Eighteen Bridges.  It’s up for a Western Magazine Award for Fiction.  Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you so much to editors Lynn Coady and Curtis Gillespie.

National Magazine Award for Fiction Nominations

national mag award logoTwo stories from Ellen In Pieces have been nominated for a National Magazine Award for Fiction: “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen,” which appeared in Canadian Notes and Queries and is forthcoming in Best Canadian Stories 13, and “I Feel Lousy,” published in Eighteen Bridges, winner of the 2013 Gold Medal Award for Fiction from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.  Thank you to both magazines for publishing my work and congratulations to this year’s nominees.

Gold Medal for Fiction

Alberta Magazine Publishers logo“I Feel Lousy,” published in Eighteen Bridges, has won the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Gold Medal for Fiction.  The judges write: “Caroline Adderson takes on big themes of love, loyalty and betrayal in this deftly written story about the messiness of life and the triumph of the spirit.”  Thank you to the judges, the AMPA, and Eighteen Bridges editors Lynn Coady and Curtis Gillespie. Read about all the winners.  Read the story.


2013 Alberta Magazine Award Nomination

Alberta Magazine Award logo“I Feel Lousy,” published in Eighteen Bridges, is up for an Alberta Magazine Award for fiction.  Thanks so much to editors Lynn Coady and Curtis Gillespie.  Read the complete list of nominees.

Ryeberg Talk

imagesWhat a thrill last month to take part in Ryeberg Live Vancouver.  I had no idea what to expect of the event; this pretty much guarantees a good time.  Which was had by all — me, Kevin Chong, Steven Galloway and Maiko Bae Yamamoto.  Here are pictures of the event.  To experience my talk, click on this grandiose title: Re-Enthralling the Picture in Motion.

Smith on Literature

imagesOne of the great pleasures of Thursday is Russell Smith’s literature column in The Globe and Mail.  A gifted fiction writer, author of probably the best satirical novel to come out of Canada, Muriella Pent, Smith takes on subjects that just thrill me, such as comma usage.  So it was a particularly pleasure this Thursday, to make his column.  Read it here.