Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall is the award-winning author of The Best Kind of People (2016), which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and selected as Indigo’s Number One Book of the Year. She is also the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009) won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National PostFashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows DegrassiSchitt’s Creek, and the Baroness Von Sketch Show. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.


The Best Kind of People

House of Anansi Press – With exquisite emotional precision, The Best Kind of People explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse. The Best Kind of People was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and will soon be adapted for the big screen by actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley.