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Coming June 27th!

a comedic murder mystery written with
Ian Ferguson

"The Fergusons have created a detective for the ages. Bravo!"
--Mark Critch

"A delightful romp of a novel."
--Hannah Mary McKinnon

"It will have you laughing out loud on every page."
--Bianca Marais
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awards & nominations

2021 Arthur Ellis Award                         for Crime Fiction: 

        The Finder

2016  Charles Taylor Prize

          longlist: Road Trip Rwanda


2014  IMPAC Dublin Award

          longlist: 419

2014  Ian Fleming Steel

          Dagger longlist: 419

2013  Libris Award Fiction

          Book of the Year: 419

2012  Giller Prize: 419


2010  Leacock Medal:
         Beyond Belfast


2010  AWG Award for Creative

         Nonfiction: Beyond Belfast 

2009  IMPAC Dublin Award

          longlist: Spanish Fly
2008  Leacock Medal shortlist:

         Spanish Fly 




2005  Pierre Berton Award:

         Governor General's Award for  



2005  Leacock Medal:
         Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw

2004  Northern Lights Award

         for Travel Writing:                        "Polar Bear Haven:                          an Arctic Journey" 

2002  Leacock Medal:

2002  CAA Award for Fiction:

2002  Commonwealth Prize

          shortlist: Happiness

2002  Libris Award Non-Fiction

         Book of the Year: 

        How to Be a Canadian

2002  Leacock Medal shortlist:
         How to Be a Canadian 


Will Ferguson is an award-winning travel writer and novelist.

He was born and raised in the teeming metropolis of Fort Vermilion (pop. 728), in northern Canada, closer to the Arctic Circle than the American border.

His debut novel, Happiness, sold into 23 languages around the world. His last novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His new novel, The Finder, won the 2021 Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction.

Ferguson has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

In his early twenties, he lived and worked in Ecuador, South America, as part of Canada World Youth (similar to the American Peace Corps). 


Will Ferguson studied film production and screenwriting at York University, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1990.


He joined the Japan Exchange Teachers Programme (JET) after university and spent five years in Asia, travelling through China, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia. He married his wife Terumi in Kumamoto, Japan. They now live in Calgary, Canada, with their two sons.


His travel memoirs include: 

  • hitchhiking across Japan in Hokkaido Highway Blues (later re-titled Hitching Rides with Buddha

  • a 500-mile hike across Northern Ireland in Beyond Belfast  

  • travels in Canada in Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw  

  • a journey through central Africa in Road Trip Rwanda, which was nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize

In 2010, he was the head writer for the Vancouver Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, penning material for the likes of William Shatner and Michael J. Fox.

Ferguson has written for the New York Times, Esquire UK, Flare, Zoomer, the Globe & Mail, National Post and Canadian Geographic. 


He sits on the board of The Chawkers Foundation, and in 2016 received an honorary degree in English from Mount Royal University.


The sad, funny, heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

National bestseller

A tale of heartbreak and revenge in the world of international cybercrime.

Winner of the Giller Prize

A coming-of-age story of con men and call girls, set amid the jazz halls of the Dirty Thirties.

published in the UK as


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A former TV sleuth find herself caught up in a real-life murder mystery during a small town amateur theater production

For a complete list of books by Will Ferguson, please visit his

My Books

If Douglas Adams and P.J. O'Rourke ever had an extraterrestrial Satanic love-child, it would probably write like Will Ferguson.


That is, it would be observant, attitudinal, occasionally offensive and funny.

Los Angeles Times

news & upcomiNg Events

Shelagh Rogers

The Next Chapter


CTV Your Morning

Aug 31

a treasure hunt!

Starred review in


Apple Books Canada

Thriller of the Month

for September

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videos, interviews, quips and more : )


Sometimes touching, sometimes amusing and always true, as a traveller and a wordsmith, 

Ferguson knows where he is going.

Boston Globe

Beneath that thick skin lies a poetic soul.

The Sunday Times

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(236) 330-1243

HarperCollins, 22 Adelaide St W

Toronto, ON  M5H 4E3

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