Alison Pick

Winner of the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award, Alison Pick has published three books of poetry, and her first novel, The Sweet Edge (2005), was a Globe and Mail “Best Book.” When her second novel, the bestselling Far to Go (2010), was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, Alison was at her family cottage near Quebec, “writing and intentionally not answering [her] phone” but a flurry of tweets was irresistible and she peeked at the good news. That book also won the Canadian Jewish Award for Fiction, and was a “Top Ten of 2010” book by the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine and published internationally.  Her memoir, Between Gods, was also published internationally, was a finalist for the BC National Award for Non-Fiction, and was a Globe and Mail “Best Book” of 2014. Alison is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and now lives in Toronto with her family. Follow her on Twitter @alisonpick

Strangers with the Same Dream

Strangers With The Same Dream, (Knopf / PRH), is set in 1921 Palestine and follows a group of young Jewish pioneers who found a kibbutz which later becomes part of the State of Israel.  Pick writes with “tightly controlled intensity” as she guides readers through the lives of two young women, an older male group leader, and the leader’s wife.