Aislinn Hunter's novel, The Certainties (Vintage Canada $21) is an intertwining tale of two refugees set in World War II and later in the 1980s. By turns elegiac and heart-pounding, a love letter in the guise of a song of despair, this book is a moving and transformative blend of historical and speculative fiction--a novel that shows us what it means to bear witness, and to attend to those who seek refuge, past and present.

In the spring of 2017, Aislinn Hunter released her third book of poetry, Linger, Still, (Gaspereau Press). It won the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry and was long-listed for the Pat Lowther Poetry Prize.

Aislinn Hunter's second novel is disturbing even when condensed into one paragraph. When she was fifteen, Jane Standen, the protagonist of The World Between Us (Doubleday, 2014; Anchor Canada/Penguin Randomhouse, 2015) lost track of a five-year-old girl she was looking after during a walk in the woods. The child has never been found. As an adult, working in the archives of a cash-strapped London museum, she is researching the mysterious disappearance of a woman who went missing from a Victorian asylum 125 years ago. The two losses converge in a dilapidated country house. It won the 2015 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a New York Times Editor's Choice Book, an NPR 'Best Book' and a Chatelaine Book Club pick. 9780553418521

Aislinn Hunter lived in Ireland for a few years before making her way to British Columbia. She received a BFA in Art History and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and earned a post-graduate degree at the University of British Columbia. She has taught part-time at both UVic and UBC. She has written with an emphasis on Ireland. Her collection of six stories and a novella, What's Left Us (Polestar, 2001), was nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award and received the 2003 Foreword Magazine Silver Medal for Fiction. Her poetry collection Into the Hours (Polestar, 2001) won the Gerald Lampert Award and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award.

Her first novel Stay (Polestar, 2002) concerns a young Canadian woman's affair with a disgraced Irish academic. It was shortlisted for the Books in Canada/ Best First Novel Prize. First published by Polestar, Stay (Anchor $19.95) was reissued in 2013 in synch with the release of a film version at the Toronto International Film Festival starring Aidan Quinn. The story provides an introspective look at a village outside Galway, Ireland, where Abbey, a young Canadian, has an unconventional, affectionate relationship with Dermot, an older Irish man. If only Dermot could find some way of making her stay.... "A fence," he thinks. "Everyone should have one. And at that moment Dermot believes it, thinks that his problems might be solved, solvable, if he can contain them, separate them. Mine and yours. The bungalows over there, the cottage over here and Dermot and Abbey in the middle of it, drawn together by a patch of land, wood and wire around them." 978-0-385-68062-2.

A Peepshow with Views of the Interior (Palimpsest, 2009) is a collection of essays or "lyrical paratexts" (lyrics forms that surround or reinforce a central text) addressing material culture.

CITY/TOWN: Vancouver, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: Oct 6, 1969

PLACE OF BIRTH: Belleville, Ontario


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Teacher of Creative Writing part-time at Kwantlen University College


The Possible Past was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, The Pat Lowther Award & The ReLit Prize for Poetry

Stay was shortlisted for the Books in Canada / Amazon First Novel Award, and was a Globe and Mail "Best Book of the Year"

Into the Early Hours was the winner of the Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Book of Poetry in Canada, and was shortlisted for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

What's Left Us was shortlisted for The Danuta Gleed Fiction Prize and the ReLit Prize for Fiction

Into the Early Hours received the Gerald Lampert Award for Poetry 2002


The Certainties (Vintage Canada, 2021) $21 9780735276895
Linger, Still, (Gaspereau Press, 2017). Poetry
The World Before Us (Doubleday 2014; Anchor House/Penguin RandomHouse, 2015) $21
A Peepshow with Views of the Interior: paratexts (Palimpsest, 2009)
A Ragged Pen: Essays on Poetry & Memory (Gaspereau, 2006) $22.95 1554470307. By Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Jan Zwicky.
Emerge: The Writer's Studio Anthology (anthology), Writing and Publishing Program, Simon Fraser University 2004. Guest editor.
The Possible Past (poetry) (Raincoast Books, 2004)
Stay (a novel) (Raincoast Books, October 2002)
Into the Early Hours (poetry) (Raincoast Books, October 2001)
What's Left Us (a novella and stories) (Raincoast Books, April 2001)

[BCBW 2022] "Fiction" "Poetry"