Sunshine Coast-based UBC Creative Writing student Janine Alyson Young was born to backpacking ski bums during the 1980s. As a child, she read every book she could in her local library. Her debut fiction collection Hideout Hotel (Caitlin 2014 $18.95) contains several stories of small-town women taking refuge alone, set in coastal BC, the Yukon and Western Australia. It was shortlisted for the annual $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author from among 37 collections submitted. Young was only 28 when the collection appeared, a self-described former Generation Y taco stand operator. 978-1-927575-46-8

[BCBW 2014]