Alison Pick is most recently the author of BETWEEN GODS, a memoir about depression, family secrets, and forging a new identity from the ashes of the past. It was a Top Book of 2014 at the CBC and the Globe and Mail, and was shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. BETWEEN GODS is forthcoming in the US and the UK in the fall of 2015.
Pick’s best-selling novel FAR TO GO was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Canadian Jewish Book Award. FAR TO GO was a Top 10 Book of 2010 at NOW magazine and the Toronto Star, and was published to international acclaim. It has been optioned for film by House of Films in Toronto.
Alison Pick was the winner of the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award for most promising writer under the age of 35 in Canada. She won the 2005 CBC Literary Award for Poetry and the 2003 National Magazine Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared widely in publications including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and enRoute Magazine.
Alison’s first novel, THE SWEET EDGE, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2005, and was optioned for film. Her first collection of poetry, QUESTION & ANSWER, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. The title poem of her second collection, THE DREAM WORLD, appeared in the Best Canadian Poetry of 2008.
Born in Toronto in 1975, Alison grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph and an M Phil from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Pick is currently on Faculty at the Humber School for Writers, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Iceland Writers Retreat. She lives and writes in Toronto.