Annabel Lyons' first novel, The Golden Mean (Random House 2009), imagines the friendship and bond between Aristotle and Alexander the Great, as narrated by Aristotle. As the novel opens, Aristotle must postpone his dream of succeeding Plato at the Academy in Athens when he is forced to tutor Alexander, a prince of Macedon. This novel was the only book in 2009 to be nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for English Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Lyon won the Rogers Prize. The Golden Mean was also a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean), the Amazon ca./Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and two Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards -- for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year. Then Hello! Canada magazine named her as one of their Women of the Year. The book led to her 64-page essay, Imagining Ancient Women, in which she discusses sifting through historical sources to write an historical novel.

Lyon followed her first collection of short stories, Oxygen (Porcupine's Quill, 2000) with three novellas in The Best Thing For You (M&S 2004). All-Season Edie (Orca 2008) is a children's book about eleven-year-old Edie who responds to the illness of her beloved grandfather by acting out--trying to practice witchcraft, ruining her older sister's party, trying to learn flamenco dancing and meeting Zeus at the mall while Christmas shopping.

Lyon majored in philosophy as an undergraduate at Simon Fraser University, with minors in French and English literature, graduating in 1994. She credits her father, Sun journalist Jim Lyon, and her philosophy professor Donald Todd, as positive influences in her path to becoming a writer. Married with children, she lives in New Westminster.



Oxygen (Porcupine's Quill, 2000)
The Best Thing For You (M&S 2004)
All-Season Edie (Orca 2008)
The Golden Mean (Random House 2009)
Imagining Ancient Women (Athabasca University Press 2012) $10.95
The Sweet Girl (Penguin Random House 2014) $15 978-0-3458-0366-5
Consent (Penguin Random House 2020) $25.95 hc 978-0-5933-1800-3

[BCBW 2020] "Fiction" "Kidlit"