Author Chat with Nina Berkhout, (The Gallery of Lost Species), + Plus Giveaway!




Today we’re excited to chat with Nina Berkhout

author of The Gallery of Lost Species

Below you’ll find our interview, plus a giveaway!



YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?


A dictionary word of the day that I received in my inbox one morning. The word was cryptozoology (the search for creatures which may or may not exist, for which there’s no scientific proof). I became obsessed with learning everything I could on the subject and I knew that I would write about it.


YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?


It doesn’t come magically. It’s hard work and it’s full time. I don’t mean that you can’t have a day job. But you have to carry your story with you and always be thinking about, especially when you’re not writing. Also, when you think you’re finished your draft and you’ve delved as deeply as you possibly can, well, that’s just the beginning.



YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?


The unicorn because it looks so real. My hope is that by the end of the book readers will be open to believing that these creatures could exist in some faraway, difficult-to-reach place that hasn’t been explored by humans yet. My novel is a family drama but a lot of people think it’s a fantasy or science fiction story because of the unicorn on the cover. Which is fine by me!

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad


YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2015?


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf



YABC:  What’s up next for you?


I have a YA novel coming out in 2017. It’s a love story that takes place in a small town in Montana, and it involves a mosaic.


YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?


Definitely drafting. The revising is the hard part.


YABC:  What would you say is your superpower?


Being invisible. I think a lot of writers have that superpower, which helps with developing good observation skills!


Meet The Gallery of Lost Species!


Edith grows up in her big sister Vivienne’s shadow. While the beautiful Viv is forced by the girls’ overbearing mother to compete in child beauty pageants, plain-looking Edith follows in her father’s footsteps: collecting oddities, studying coins, and reading from old books. 

When Viv rebels against her mother’s expectations, Edith finds herself torn between a desire to help her sister and pursuing her own love for a boy who might love her sister more than he loves her. When Edith accepts a job at the National Gallery of Canada, she meets an elderly cryptozoologist named Theo who is searching for a bird many believe to be extinct. Navigating her way through Vivienne’s dark landscape while trying to win Liam’s heart, Edith develops an unlikely friendship with Theo when she realizes they might have more in common than she imagined; they are both trying to retrieve something that may be impossible to bring back to life.

The Gallery of Lost Species is about finding solace in unexpected places – in works of art, in people, and in animals that the world has forgotten.



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Meet Nina Berkhout!!


NINA BERKHOUT is the author of five poetry collections, most recently  Elseworlds, which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman  Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted  for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman  Award, and the John Hirsch Award. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Ontario, where she works at the National Gallery of Canada.






Two winners will recieve a copy of The Gallery of Lost Species (US & Canada only).


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6 thoughts on “Author Chat with Nina Berkhout, (The Gallery of Lost Species), + Plus Giveaway!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would like to ask Nina: Do you believe in Unicorns? I love the premise of the book and it’s beautiful cover ♡ Thank you

  2. Anonymous says:

    The cover is very classy and reminds me of a professional looking adult fiction book cover. There is a hint of whimsy but without looking juvenile. Well done. The story sounds fun too. I hope the part about the (possibly) nonexistent bird is a big part of the plot.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do you relate more to Edith or Viv? I think I’m more of an Edith! 🙂 This book sounds great and based in Canada too!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What is the title of the book you’re working on now?

  5. Anonymous says:

    A unicorn on the cover of a book called “The gallery of lost species” is the perfect image for such an awesome title.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What other creatures besides unicorns did you research?

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