Engel/Findley Award

November 2018: Alissa wins the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award for a writer in mid career.




Essay in The New Quarterly

January 2018: Alissa’s essay, “Disappearing Acts,” included in issue 145 of The New Quarterly.



CAA Award Winner

June 2017: The Naturalist wins the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.


An Enduring Wilderness

May 2017: Alissa’s essay, “The Animal Part,” included in the gorgeous new book, An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands, by Toronto photographer, Robert Burley.


Alissa Joins the Humber School for Writers

This summer (2017), Alissa will be teaching at the Humber Summer Workshop in Creative Writing (July 10-14). She joins the celebrated Humber School for Writers as full-time faculty in the fall.


Le Naturaliste on display in Paris:



Pelee Island Writing Retreat Workshop, 2017

Alissa will teach the “True Lies” Fiction Workshop, May 8-14.


Sage Hill Writing Experience 2016

Another great year leading the Living Fiction Workshop at Sage Hill! Alissa pictured here with fellow faculty members, Alison Pick, Nino Ricci, Steven Heighton, Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady.


National Magazine Award, June 10, 2016

Alissa’s essay, “Soft Core,” published in Eighteen Bridges, has won a silver National Magazine Award in the short feature category.


As of June 3, 2016, The Naturalist is #1 on the Winnipeg Free Press bestseller list and #9 on the Maclean’s list.

Global TV

Alissa talks about The Naturalist on Global Morning.

The Naturalist on the CBC summer list!







Le Naturaliste

The French edition of The Naturalist is due out from Liana Levi in September, 2016.

Wet Eye Glasses

The Big Read

Orillia, Ontario has chosen The Naturalist for their 2016 Big Read!


The Naturalist Launch at Ben McNally Books in Toronto

As of April 12, 2016, The Naturalist is officially launched, caiman cake and all!


National Magazine Awards Nomination, May 8, 2016

Alissa’s essay, “Soft Core,” published in Eighteen Bridges, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the short feature category.

“The Next Chapter” Interview on CBC Radio

Shelagh Rogers interviews Alissa about The Naturalist, swimming with anacondas, and more . . .

CBC Books

Alissa’s new novel, The Naturalist, is a CBC Books pick for April.

Toronto Life

The Naturalist is a top five spring read in Toronto Life.

Quill & Quire

The Naturalist makes the Quill & Quire Spring Preview

French Naturalist

French Rights to The Naturalist sold to Liana Levi.

York in BRICK

Alissa’s essay “In Memoriam Pompeius Maximus” published in the winter 2016 issue of Brick Magazine.

Eighteen Bridges

Alissa’s essay “Soft Core” published in the Winter 2016 issue of Eighteen Bridges.

University of Toronto Summer Writing School

Alissa teaches the Short Story Workshop, July 13-17, 2015.

Sage Hill Writing Experience

Alissa facilitates the “Living Fiction” writing workshop, July 20-29, 2015.

One Book Nova Scotia



Fauna is the One Book Nova Scotia title for 2013!

Toronto Public Library Writer in Residence



February through May, 2013, Alissa is Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library, North York Branch. Read her weekly blog.

More Northwords



The Northwords interactive site is up! (Photo credit: Joel McConvey.)

Northwords E-Book



The Northwords e-book is available now from House of Anansi.

Northwords is a cross-platform project that takes urban Canadian writers Joseph Boyden, Sarah Leavitt, Rabindranth Maharaj, Noah Richler, and Alissa York to some of the world’s most extreme environments, to join the conversation about the north.

Northwords Screenings



Check out the Northwords site for upcoming screenings.


CBC Books

Alissa’s new novel, The Naturalist, is a CBC Books pick for April.

Writer in Residence



Alissa will be the 2013 Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library, North York Central Branch (February through May)!

“Brief Encounters” on the CBC Books Site



Alissa’s contribution is the very short story, “Rusty or Ruby or Both.” Read two (or ten), they’re small!

National Magazine Award



Class Mammalia” wins silver in the Travel category! (Photo credit: Ricardo Sternberg — note the harbour seals in the background!)

“Pass the Book” Picks Fauna



Fauna is the 2012 Durham Region “Pass the Book” Community Reads title!

TheNaturalist 1fauna-book-cover 1effigycover 1mercycover