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Gail Anderson-Dargatz fonds. - 1987-1998. - 3.86 m. of textual record. - 1 photograph.

Biographical Sketch

Born in Kamloops, British Columbia in 1963, Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a novelist and short-story writer who grew up in the Shuswap region of rural British Columbia. After beginning her career as a journalist, Gail Anderson-Dargatz enrolled in the creative writing program at the University of Victoria where she studied with Jack Hodgins. She went on to receive a B.A. in creative writing in 1998 having already received nominations for a number of prominent awards for fiction.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz draws on details of rural life and on events in her own life or the lives of others when creating her works of fiction: in particular The Miss Hereford Stories and her two popular novels The Cure for Death By Lightning and A Recipe for Bees. In keeping with her roots as a reporter, much of the background work of her fiction is based on personal interviews.

Anderson-Dargatz won the CBC Radio Literary Awards First Prize for Short Fiction (1993) for her story "The Girl with the Bell Necklace;" she was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award (1995) for The Miss Hereford Stories. For her novel The Cure for Death By Lightning she won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Award and the Betty Trask Prize for best novel by an author under 35: the book was also short-listed for the Giller Prize (1996) and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her work has been translated into many languages including German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Japanese. Her work has been published in English in Canada, Britain and the United States.

Scope and Content

This archival fonds documents Anderson-Dargatz' early writing, her submissions to publish, her revisions as a student as well as her swift success as a novelist. The fonds contains: manuscript material with attached correspondence from Gail Anderson-Dargatz' short-stories; manuscripts for her book of short-stories The Miss Hereford Stories and her novel The Cure for Death by Lightning; also included are clippings and other publicity materials indicating the Canadian and international attention given to Anderson-Dargatz' works. The fonds contain the following series: I. Short Fiction, II. Novels, and III. Publicity.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received directly from Gail Anderson-Dargatz in 2000 [2000-07].

Language: the material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: Material is open to on-site consultation.

Finding Aid: finding aid available; file level control.

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