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THE FINDER

The world is full of wonders waiting to be found...
"Exuberant, entertaining, and unconventional."
--Shari Lapena
"So much fun. . .  You have no idea where it is going to take you."
--Drew Hayden Taylor
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awards & nominations

 

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  

         History        

 

2005  Leacock Medal:
         Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw

2004  Northern Lights Award

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

2002  Leacock Medal:
         Happiness

2002  CAA Award for Fiction:
         Happiness

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 

AUTHOR BIO

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, was released in Sept 2020.

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.

 
Books

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

HUSTLE

A literary thriller about lost objects . . . and the broken people searching for them

Inspired by real events

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

 
IN THE PRESS

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

October

CTV Your Morning

Aug 31

a treasure hunt!

Starred review in

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Apple Books Canada

Thriller of the Month

for September

Review in

QUILL & QUIRE

THE NEW YORK JOURNAL

 

OF BOOKS REVIEW

 

CAMBRIDGE IDEA EXCHANGE

Tuesday, Sept 29

CBC BOOKS

Will Ferguson

 

videos, interviews, quips and more : )

VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST

Afternoon Tea with Bill Richardson

Sunday, Oct 25

 

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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