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Lori Hahnel’s latest book is the novel Flicker, published in the University of Calgary Press Brave & Brilliant Series in 2023, and currently shortlisted in the Alberta Book Publishing Awards for the Douglas Barbour Award for Speculative Fiction.

Vermin: Stories, won a 2022 Alberta Literary Award, and was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, the CAA Fred Kerner Award and the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Glengarry Book Award. She is also the author of the novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, and the story collection, Nothing Sacred. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio, and has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Joyland, The Saturday Evening Post and many other journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. She is currently at work on a novel based on the life of pianist and composer Clara Schumann.

Lori writes fiction about love, loss, longing, music, history, and the lives of women. Her first novel was loosely based on the formative experience in her teen years of playing in Calgary band The Virgins, in the context of the male-dominated world of 1980’s punk music. She is fascinated by outsiders, misfits, the strange, and the forgotten.

Lori was Calgary Public Library’s Author-in-Residence in 2020 and has taught creative writing at Mount Royal University and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre. She has also acted as a mentor through the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and AWCS.

Photo credit: Monique de St-Croix, Hip Image Photography

A headshot of writer Lori Hahnel.
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