Alissa York

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Alissa York was born in 1970, in Athabasca, Alberta, to Australian immigrant parents. She is best known for her 2007 novel Effigy, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. York’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, Brick, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. She has lived all over Canada and earned a living as a waitress, florist, bookseller and actor before discovering writing was her passion. The Naturalist is her latest novel, which Miriam Toews has called one of the “few other books on my shelf that remind me how to live.”, @