Interviews & Reviews


“Strong Beginning” Interview for CBC Canada Writes June 11, 2013
Queen’s Alum returns to discuss debut novel, March 13, 2013
CBC Canada Writes Reader interview, February 19, 2013
Taddle Creek profile, January 2013
Salty Ink interview December 6, 2012
Hazlitt, “Shelf Esteem” column interview, November 20, 2012
The One Question Interview with Alex Boyd, November 16, 2012
Open Book: Ontario (For IFOA Ontario) October 19, 2012
Mississauga News October 10, 2012
IFOA Blog interview September 26, 2012
CBC The Next Chapter (podcast) September 24, 2012
Hazlitt, “If It’s Fiction, It Better Be True” – Steven Heighton & Grace O’Connell in Conversation August 23, 2012
Canada Arts Connect July 17, 2012
Zoomer Magazine July 16, 2012
The Three Rs Interview with Slightly Bookist July 13, 2012
CBC Music: Words & Music with Tony Dekker & Grace O’Connell (part one) July 5, 2012
CBC Music: Words & Music with Tony Dekker & Grace O’Connell (part two) July 5, 2012
The Globe & Mail CanLit Fab Five June 30, 2012
Celtic Life International
This Magazine June 8, 2012
Blog Post & Interview with Indigo Fiction Blog May 31, 2012

Reviews & Recommendations:

Salty Ink: Dozen Most Dazzling Debuts of 2012, December 20, 2012
Buried in Print October 15, 2012
Women’s Post: Fiction for You August 1, 2012
CityLine’s Friday Reads Book Club July 27, 2012
CBC Books Writers to Watch 2012 June 29, 2012
Review: The Globe & Mail June 22, 2012
Review: The Toronto Star June 16, 2012
Review: Indigo fiction blog, May 30, 2012
CBC Books Recommended Summer Reading May 17, 2012
Review: Books Under Skin May 17, 2012
Review: Literary Treats May 1, 2012
Review: Quill & Quire May 2012

Guest Posts/Articles:

Huffington Post Canada, “Adapting Alice Munro”, September 2013
Huffington Post Canada, “The Book in Your Head”, June 22, 2013
Hazlitt, “The Hanged Man”, August 31, 2012
Hazlitt, “A Writer’s Dirty Little Secret”, August 28, 2012
Hazlitt, “Getting Lucky”, August 27, 2012
Blog Post & Interview with Indigo Fiction Blog May 31, 2012


“Seductive, subtle and stunning all at the same time. She takes the world you know in hand, and tilts it slightly… until everything is something else, and breathtaking. Magnified World is not just big; it is deeper, scarier, more there than the real thing. And although it’s a daunting place to be, O’Connell’s writing is such that you’d follow her anywhere. You’ll want to live inside this language, wrap yourself up in it; She really is that good.” — Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author of Ghosted

Magnified World brims with life and magic… O’Connell is a deft and delightful storyteller whose prose has a natural clarity and buoyancy… O’Connell’s belief in the power of stories to save us shines through at every turn.” — Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement and Claire’s Head

“In its intimate mysteries and wry observation, O’Connell’s Magnified World offers something quite rare: a view of grief that isn’t sad, but touching, whimsical and wise.” — Trevor Cole, author of The Fearsome Particles and Practical Jean

“O’Connell delves into the murky waters of memory, identity and mental illness with heartbreaking clarity and wisdom. Magnified World is a gem of a book.” — Brian Francis, author of Natural Order and Fruit

“Grace O Connell moves seamlessly from sly humour to a remarkable exploration of loss and the conjuration of faith in a slowly splintering world. A book you will not soon forget…. A striking new voice. Magnified World is a remarkable debut not only because its author, Grace O’Connell writes with assurance and a rare vitality. It is remarkable because it is so deftly constructed that even the minute details take on a rare significance. At once funny and deeply disturbing, Magnified World will remain with the reader long after the book is closed and put aside.” — Rabindranath Maharaj, author of The Amazing Absorbing Boy

Magnified World is a powerful debut that tackles the fears and joys of the heart. There is poetry on the path that lies beyond loss, and Grace O’Connell has found it.” —Ami McKay, author of The Virgin Cure and The Birth House

“A haunting story about love and fragility, the permeable line between truth and the imagination, absence and longing, grieving and coming through. Here is a drenching swim in the strongest currents of feeling, the link between mothers and daughters, fathers, lovers and the very fine line between what we know to be real, and what we cannot ever know for certain. Grace O’Connell writes sure and poignant prose, full of gentle humour and striking intelligence. Be glad you found this book. It’s magical.” —Lisa Moore, author of February

“Charm. It’s a rare quality that is in abundant evidence in Grace O’Connell’s debut. A whole emotional world—and an intimate take on the city—are drawn by a distinctive authorial voice that’s already found itself.” — Andrew Pyper, author of The Killing Circle and The Guardians

“Grace O’Connell’s debut, Magnified World, bristles with energy… A smart, dark, funny, puzzle box of a book that is as much about hope as it is about grief and the grip of a mother on her daughter.” — Alexi Zentner, author of Touch