Betty Jane Hegerat


Betty Jane Hegerat has been a social worker, a teacher and in 2009 was the Writer in Residence for the Calgary Public Library. Newest Press published her first novel, Running Toward Home, in 2006. A collection of short stories, A Crack in the Wall (Oolichan Books), was published in 2008, a novel, Delivery (Oolichan Books), in 2009, and a book of creative non-fiction, The Boy (Oolichan Books) in 2011.

Her stories have been published widely in literary magazines and broadcast on CBC radio. She received an Honourable Mention in the 2009 Howard O'Hagan prize for short fiction, and Delivery was shortlisted for the George Bugnet Fiction award in the 2010 Alberta Book Awards. The Boy was a finalist for the  2012 W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary, the Wilfred Eggleston Non-Fiction award in the Alberta Book Awards, and in the non-fiction category in the High Plain Book Awards in Billings, Montana. Her latest book, a novel for young teens, Odd One Out, was published by Oolichan Books in March 2016. In 2016, Betty Jane Hegerat was the recipient of the Writers Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement in writing. Betty Jane lives and writes in Calgary.

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