WILL FERGUSON
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THREE TIME WINNER OF THE LEACOCK MEDAL

 

An award-winning novelist and travel writer,

Will Ferguson is the author of more than a dozen books

ranging from budget travel guides to works of literary fiction.

 

 

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WILL FERGUSON is a graduate of the York University Film School (screenwriting and film production).

 

As a teenager he lived and worked in South America as part of CWY (roughly equivalent to the Peace Corps).

 

He spent five years in Japan, first on the Amakusa Islands south of Nagasaki, and then later on the Kyushu mainland.

 

Will has hitchhiked the length of Japan, has worked as a professional space-cadet at a futuristic theme park, and has walked across Northern Ireland in the rain.

 

His travels have taken him from Indonesia to Ecuador, from Malaysia to Rwanda. In 2010, he was named the head writer on the Vancouver Olympics Closing Ceremonies, penning material for the likes of William Shatner, Martin Short and Michael J. Fox.


Will has toured the US, UK, Spain, Holland and Argentina to promote his work, and has appeared on numerous national TV programs and in radio and print.


He is a three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humor, and in 2012 he won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel 419.


He lives in Calgary, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with his wife Terumi and their two sons.

 

LEFT: Will Ferguson and his wife Terumi at the 2012 Giller Awards in Toronto.