In 2014, Ashley Little won both the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press) and the Shelia A. Egoff Children's Prize for her young adult novel, The New Normal (Orca Book Publishers). In thirty years, nobody else had ever had this 'double-double,' winning two B.C. Book Prizes with two different titles in the same year. In her acceptance speeches, Little acknowledged David Chariandy for encouraging her to write Anatomy of a Girl Gang and Lynn Coady for encouraging her to turn a short story into a novel for The New Normal.

Five young women commit ATM robberies, cook crack and survive on the mean streets of Vancouver in Ashley Little's Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal $16.95), a novel about a young girl gang in Vancouver called the Black Roses. Z is a graffiti artist; Kayos gave birth to a daughter at age thirteen, Mac is the mastermind, Mercy is a Punjabi thief and Sly Girl has fled her First Nations reserve. In the same year, Little published a YA novel, The New Normal (Orca $12.95), about a tenacious teenager who copes with losing her hair following the deaths of her sisters. Her novel Niagara Hotel (Arsenal Pulp 2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Ethel Wilson Ficton Prize.

Tofino-raised Little completed a BFA in Creative Writing and Film Studies at The University of Victoria and released her first novel, Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist (Tightrope Books, 2011) before moving to Alberta. Little's previous writing appeared in Broken Pencil, The Danforth Review, Room, and the anthology, Writing Without Direction: Ten and a Half Short Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty.


Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist (Tightrope Books, 2011)

The New Normal (Orca 2013) $12.95 9781459800748

Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal 2013) $16.95 978-1-55152-529-7

Niagara Motel (Arsenal 2016) 978-1551526607

Confessions of a Teenage Leper (Penguin Random House 2018) $21.99 978-0-735262614

[BCBW 2018]