List of Canadian writers

This is a list of Canadian literary figures, including poets, novelists, children's writers, essayists, and scholars.

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Name Born Died Genre Notable works
Irving Abella 1940 historian None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948
Louise Abbott non fiction author, photographer, filmmaker The Coast Way: A Portrait of the English on the Lower North Shore of the St Lawrence
Hugh Abercrombie 1890 1965 playwright Auld Lang Syne
Mark Abley 1955 poet, journalist Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages
Carolyn Abraham 1968 journalist, non-fiction Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Eistein's Brain, The Juggler's Children: A Journey Into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us
Marianne Ackerman 1952 playwright, novelist, journalist
Janice Acoose 1954 journalist Iskwewak Kah Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak
Milton Acorn 1923 1986 poet The Island Means Minago
José Acquelin 1956 poet Anarchie de la lumière, L'Oiseau respirable
Ken Adachi 1929 1989 historian, critic The Enemy That Never Was
Barry D. Adam 1952 sociologist
Evan Adams 1966 dramatist Dreams of Sheep, Snapshots, Dirty Dog River
Ian Adams 1937 novelist, non-fiction Agent of Influence
Gil Adamson 1961 novelist, short stories, poetry The Outlander
Caroline Adderson 1963 novelist, short stories Bad Imaginings, Sitting Practice
Marie-Célie Agnant 1953 poet, novelist Le Silence comme le sang
Freda Ahenakew 1932 2011 linguist, children's literature
Kelley Aitken 1954 short stories Love in a Warm Climate
Will Aitken 1949 novelist, journalist Terre Haute, Realia
Donald Akenson 1941 novelist, historian
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm 1965 poet My Heart is a Stray Bullet
Linda Aksomitis 1954 children's literature Adeline's Dream
Kamal Al-Solaylee 1964 journalist Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes
Donald Alarie 1945 poet Jérôme et les mots
Scott Albert 1975 novelist, screenwriter
Robert Arthur Alexie 1957 2014 novelist Porcupines and China Dolls, The Pale Indian
André Alexis 1957 novelist, journalist, short stories Childhood, Asylum, Pastoral
Edna Alford 1947 poet
Sandra Alland 1973 poet, journalist
Donna Allard 1956 poet
Charlotte Vale Allen
(also known as Katherine Marlowe)
1941 romantic novels, expert on child abuse
Grant Allen 1848 1899 science writer, novelist The Woman Who Did
Harper Allen romantic fiction
Lillian Allen 1951 poet Rhythm an' Hardtimes
Ralph Allen 1913 1966 novelist, journalist Peace River Country
Robert Thomas Allen 1911 1990 humorist, children's literature The Grass Is Never Greener, Wives, Children and Other Wild Life
Tom Allen 1964 creative non-fiction Rolling Home
Paul Almond 1931 2015 novelist, screenwriter
Anne-Marie Alonzo 1951 2005 poet Bleus de mine
George Amabile 1936 poet
Anahareo (Gertrude Moltke Bernard) 1906 1986 autobiographer Devil in Deerskins: My Life With Grey Owl
Marguerite Andersen 1924 poet Courts métrages et instantanés
Debra Anderson novelist, playwright Code White
Doris Anderson 1921 2007 journalist The Unfinished Revolution, Rebel Daughter
Enza Anderson 1964 journalist
Gordon Stewart Anderson 1958 1991 novelist The Toronto You Are Leaving
Patrick Anderson 1915 1979 poet
Rod Anderson 1935 poet, accounting texts
Trevor Anderson 1972 screenwriter
Gail Anderson-Dargatz 1963 novelist The Cure for Death by Lightning
Michael Andre 1946 poet
François-Réal Angers 1812 1860 legal texts Décisions des tribunaux du Bas-Canada
Trey Anthony 1974 playwright Da Kink in My Hair
Salvatore Antonio 1976 playwright In Gabriel's Kitchen
Marianne Apostolides novelist, memoirist Swim, Voluptuous Pleasure
Lisa Appignanesi 1946 novelist, biographer Losing the Dead: A Family Memoir
Emmanuel Aquin 1968 novelist
Hubert Aquin 1929 1977 novelist Prochain épisode
Nelly Arcan 1973 2009 novelist Putain
Gilles Archambault 1933 novelist L'obsédante obèse et autres aggressions
Bert Archer 1968 journalist, essayist The End of Gay
Richard Arès 1910 1989
Jeannette Armstrong 1948 novelist, poet Slash
Kelley Armstrong 1968 horror fiction Women of the Otherworld
Rebecca Agatha Armour 1845 1891 novelist, local historian Lady Rosamond's Secret. A Romance of Fredericton
David Arnason 1940 poet, novelist, historian The Imagined City: A Literary History of Winnipeg
Joanne Arnott 1960 poet, children's literature Wiles of Girlhood
Lawrence Aronovitch 1974 playwright
Nina Arsenault 1974
Ryad Assani-Razaki 1981 novels, short stories Deux cercles, La main d'Iman
Damien Atkins 1975 playwright Real Live Girl, Lucy, The Gay Heritage Project
Diana Atkinson 1964 novelist Highways and Dancehalls
Margaret Atwood 1939 novelist, poet, critic The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, Surfacing
Phillipe-Ignace François Aubert du Gaspé 1814 1841 novelist L'influence d'un livre
Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé 1786 1871 novelist, memoirist
Aude (Claudette Charbonneau-Tissot) 1947 2012 novelist, short stories Cet imperceptible mouvement
Jean-Paul Audet 1918 1993 theologian
Jonathan Auxier young adult literature The Night Gardener
François Avard 1968 screenwriter Les Bougon
Margaret Avison 1918 2007 poet The Winter Sun, Concrete and Wild Carrot
Mona Awad novelist, short stories 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Edem Awumey 1975 novelist Port-Mélo, Les Pieds sales
Malcolm Azania 1969 science fiction The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
Caroline Azar playwright The Surreal Detective


Name Born Died Genre Notable works
Lisa B spoken word poet
Todd Babiak novelist The Garneau Block
Ken Babstock 1970 poet Mean, Airstream Land Yacht
Mette Bach novelist, screenwriter
Elizabeth Bachinsky 1976 poet
Bruce Bagemihl 1962 science Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity
Martha Baillie 1960 novelist The Incident Report
Jacqueline Baker 1967 novelist, short stories A Hard Witching, The Horseman's Graves, The Broken Hours
R. Scott Bakker 1967 fantasy Prince of Nothing
Shauna Singh Baldwin 1962 novelist What the Body Remembers, The Tiger Claw
Winifred Bambrick 1892 1969 novelist Continental Revue
Himani Bannerji 1942 poet, academic Dark Side of the Nation: Essays on Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Racism
Kaushalya Bannerji poet
Gary Bannerman 1947 2011 non-fiction Squandering Billions
Nick Bantock 1949 novelist Griffin and Sabine
Marius Barbeau 1883 1969 academic, folklorist
Raymond Barbeau 1930 1992 essayist, literary critic
Victor Barbeau 1896 1994
Bruce Barber 1950 art critic Voices of Fire: Art Rage, Power, and the State
Joan Barfoot 1946 novelist Dancing in the Dark, Luck
Robert Barr 1849 1912 novelist, short stories, humorist The Measure of the Rule, The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont
Laurent Barré 1886 1964 novelist
James Bartleman 1939 memoirist, young adult literature Raisin Wine: A Boyhood in a Different Muskoka, As Long as the Rivers Flow
John Barton 1957 poet Designs from the Interior, Sweet Ellipsis
Gary Barwin 1964 novelist, children's literature, poet Seeing Stars
Earl W. Bascom 1906 1995 cowboy historian The History of Rodeo Bareback Bronc Riding
Rodrigo Bascunan 1976 non-fiction Enter The Babylon System
Jean Basile 1932 1992 novelist, essayist La Jument des mongols, Le Grand Khan, Les Voyages d'Irkoutsk
Michel Basilières 1960 novelist Black Bird
Gurjinder Basran novelist Everything Was Good-bye
Frédéric Bastien historian, journalist La Bataille de Londres
Arjun Basu novelist, short stories Squishy, Waiting for the Man
Andrew Battershill novelist Pillow
Claire Battershill short stories Circus
Bill Bauer 1932 2010 poet The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Nancy Bauer 1934 arts journalist Flora, Write This Down
Jeremy Bates 1978 novelist (suspense/horror) Suicide Forest
Kevin Bazzana 1963 music historian Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
Yves Beauchemin 1941 novelist Juliette Pomerleau, Le Matou
Victor-Lévy Beaulieu 1945 novelist, playwright
Doug Beardsley 1941 poet Dancing Star
Deni Ellis Béchard 1974 novelist Vandal Love
Peter Behrens 1954 novelist, screenwriter, short-stories The Law of Dreams
Henry Beissel 1929 non-fiction, playwright, poet, short fiction, translator Under Coyote's Eye
Ken Belford 1946 poet Pathways into the Mountains
Donald Bell 1937 2003 journalist, humorist Saturday Night at the Bagel Factory
William E. Bell 1945 children's literature Forbidden City
Winthrop Pickard Bell 1884 1965 historian The "Foreign Protestants" and the Settlement of Nova Scotia
Paul Bellini 1959 screenwriter, comedy
John Bemrose 1947 journalist, novelist, playwright, poet The Island Walkers
Djemila Benhabib 1972 journalist, non-fiction Ma vie à contre-Coran: une femme témoigne sur les islamistes
Nigel Bennett 1949 fantasy novelist Keeper of the King, His Father's Son
David Bergen 1957 novelist The Time in Between, A Year of Lesser
S. Bear Bergman 1974 playwright, poet
David Berman 1962 non-fiction Do Good Design
Jovette Bernier 1900 1981 journalist, novelist, poet Non Monsieur
Pierre Berton 1920 2004 historian, journalist, memoirist The National Dream, The Last Spike
Dennison Berwick 1956 adventure travel Savages, the Life & Killing of the Yanomami, A Walk Along The Ganges
Gérard Bessette 1920 2005 novelist Le libraire, Le Cycle
H. S. Bhabra 1955 2000 novelist The Adversary, Bad Money
Navtej Bharati poet, publisher Third Eye Press Leela
Dave Bidini 1963 journalist, non-fiction, songwriter Around the World in 57½ Gigs, Tropic of Hockey
Anthony Bidulka 1962 mysteries Flight of Aquavit, Sundowner Ubuntu
Nicolas Billon 1978 playwright, screenwriter The Elephant Song, Iceland, Butcher
Pierre Billon 1937 novelist, screenwriter
Will R. Bird 1891 1984 novelist, non-fiction Here Stays Good Yorkshire, Judgment Glen
Sandra Birdsell 1942 novelist, short stories The Rüsslander, The Two-Headed Calf
Earle Birney 1904 1995 poet, novelist, playwright, short stories David and Other Poems, Turvey
Carol Bishop-Gwyn biographer, arts journalist The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
bill bissett 1939 experimental poet nobody owns th earth
Lise Bissonnette 1945 novelist, journalist Marie suivait l'été, Choses crus
Neil Bissoondath 1955 novelist A Casual Brutality, Selling Illusions
Persimmon Blackbridge 1951 non-fiction, novelist Prozac Highway
George G. Blackburn 1917 2006 creative non-fiction The Guns of Normandy
Marie-Claire Blais 1939 novelist, playwright, poet Une Saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel, La Belle Bête
Clark Blaise 1940 novelist, short stories, memoirist Lunar Attractions, Montreal Stories
Robin Blaser 1925 2009 essayist, poet
Lance Blomgren 1970 short stories, essays Walkups, Corner Pieces
Lise Blouin 1944 novelist L'Ors des fous
Michael Blouin 1960 novelist, poet Chase and Haven, Wore Down Trust
Martha Blum 1913 2007 historical fiction The Walnut Tree, The Apothecary
Giles Blunt 1952 mysteries, screenwriter Forty Words for Sorrow, Blackfly Season
Adam Bock playwright The Receptionist, The Drunken City
Dennis Bock 1964 novelist, short stories The Ash Garden
Michel Bock 1971 historian, non-fiction Quand la nation débordait les frontières
Fred Bodsworth 1918 2012 journalist, naturalist The Last of the Curlews
Christian Bök 1966 poet Eunoia
Stephanie Bolster 1969 poet White Stone: The Alice Poems
Carol Bolt 1941 2000 playwright Buffalo Jump, One Night Stand, Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists
Kenneth Bonert novelist, short stories The Lion Seeker
Shane Book poet Ceiling of Sticks, Congotronic
Walter Borden 1942 playwright, poet
Kathryn Borel 1979 memoirist Corked
Roo Borson 1952 poet Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida
Monique Bosco 1927 2007 journalist, novelist, poet, short stories La femme de Loth
Gérard Bouchard 1943 non-fiction, novelist Genèse des nations et cultures du Nouveau Monde
Michel Marc Bouchard 1958 playwright Lilies, The Orphan Muses
Paul Bouchard 1908 1997 journalist
Marsha Boulton 1952 humorist, journalist Letters from the Country
Hédi Bouraoui 1932 poet, novelist Vésuviade, La Femme d'entre les lignes
Pierre Bourgault 1934 2003 essayist, journalist
Pan Bouyoucas 1946 novelist, playwright, poet The Man Who Wanted to Drink Up the Sea
Gail Bowen 1942 novelist, playwright
George Bowering 1935 biographer, novelist, poet The Gangs of Kosmos, Burning Water
Marilyn Bowering 1949 poet, novelist, playwright Visible Worlds, Autobiography
Bonnie Bowman novelist Skin
Randy Boyagoda 1976 novelist, non-fiction Governor of the Northern Province
David Boyd 1951 children's literature Bottom Drawer
George Boyd 1952 playwright, screenwriter Consecrated Ground
Joseph Boyden 1966 novelist, short stories Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce, The Orenda
Harry J. Boyle 1915 2005 humorist, novelist Homebrew and Patches, Luck of the Irish
Karleen Bradford 1936 children's literature There Will Be Wolves
Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite 1963 2008 essayist, novelist, poet
Max Braithwaite 1911 1995 novelist, non-fiction The Night We Stole the Mountie's Car
Shannon Bramer 1973 poet The Refrigerator Memory
Alan Bradley 1938 mystery Flavia de Luce series
Dionne Brand 1953 essayist, novelist, poet What We All Long For, Land to Light On
Di Brandt 1952 poet, literary critic Jerusalem, beloved, Now You Care
Beth Brant 1941 2015
André Brassard 1946 screenwriter Once Upon a Time in the East, Le soleil se lève en retard
Marie Brassard playwright
Jacques Brault 1933 poet, translator Quand nous serons heureux, Il n'y a plus de chemin
Lois Braun 1949 short stories A Stone Watermelon
Brian Brett 1950 novelist, memoirist, poet Uproar's Your Only Music, The Fungus Garden
Krista Bridge novelist, short stories The Virgin Spy, The Eliot Girls
Robert Bringhurst 1946 poet, author, typographer The Beauty of the Weapons: Selected Poems 1972–82, Ursa Major
Barry Broadfoot 1926 2003 historian Six War Years, The Immigrant Years
Hélène Brodeur 1923 2010 historical fiction Les chroniques du Nouvel-Ontario, The Saga of Northern Ontario
David Bromige 1933 2009 poet My Poetry
Frances Brooke 1724 1789 novelist, essayist The History of Emily Montague
Bertram Brooker 1888 1955 poet, advertising Subconscious Selling
Carellin Brooks novelist, non-fiction One Hundred Days of Rain, Wreck Beach
Nicole Brossard 1943 novelist, poet Double impression, Méchanique jongleuse
Chrystine Brouillet 1958 novelist, children's literature
Sigmund Brouwer 1959 children's literature Watch Out for Joel!
Charles Tory Bruce 1906 1971 poet, novelist, journalist The Mulgrave Road
Julie Bruck 1957 poet The Woman Downstairs, Monkey Ranch
Tyler Brûlé 1968 journalist
Gaétan Brulotte 1945 academic, novelist, playwright, short stories
Nick Brune 1952 historian Defining Canada: History, Identity, and Culture
Carol Bruneau 1956 novelist Purple for Sky
Louis-Ovide Brunet 1826 1876 botany
Michel Brunet 1917 1985 historian Les Canadiens après la conquête
Cathy Marie Buchanan 1963 novelist The Day the Falls Stood Still, The Painted Girls
Ernest Buckler 1908 1984 novelist The Mountain and the Valley
Robert Budde 1966 poet, novelist Finding Fort George
Margaret Buffie 1945 children's literature Who Is Frances Rain?, The Dark Garden, The Watcher
Gilbert Buote 1833 1904 journalist
Kayt Burgess novelist Heidegger Stairwell
Tony Burgess 1959 novelist, screenwriter Pontypool Changes Everything
Nathan Burgoine novelist, short stories Light
Ronnie Burkett 1957 playwright Tinka's New Dress
Bonnie Burnard 1945 novelist A Good House
Murdoch Burnett 1953 2015 poet Centre of the World: A Plains Journey, We Are Not Romans
Richard Burnett journalist
Mick Burrs 1940 poet Variations on the Birth of Jacob
Frank Christopher Busch novelist Grey Eyes
Catherine Bush 1961 novelist Minus Time, The Rules of Engagement
Sharon Butala 1940 novelist The Perfection of the Morning
Alec Butler 1959 playwright Black Friday


Name Born Died Genre Notable works
Charmaine Cadeau poet Placeholder
Stephen Cain 1970 poet American Standard/Canada Dry
Frank Oliver Call 1878 1956 poet, travel Acanthus and Wild Grape, Sonnets for Youth
Barry Callaghan 1937 novelist, journalist Barrelhouse Kings
Morley Callaghan 1903 1990 novelist, short stories A Fine and Private Place
Anne Cameron 1938 novelist, poet, short stories Daughters of Copper Woman
Elspeth Cameron 1943 biographer No Previous Experience
George Frederick Cameron 1854 1885 poet, lawyer, journalist Leo, the Royal Cadet (operetta)
Silver Donald Cameron 1937 non-fiction, fiction, drama, journalist Sailing Away From Winter
Natalee Caple 1970 novelist The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World
Pat Capponi 1949 memoirist Upstairs in the Crazy House
Opal Carew 1956 romantic novelist His To Possess
Louis Carmain 1983 novelist Guano
Bliss Carman 1861 1929 poet Low Tide on Grand Pré
David Carpenter 1941 novelist, poet, essayist A Hunter's Confession
Emily Carr 1871 1945 novelist, short stories Klee Wyck, The Book of Small, Hundreds and Thousands
Roch Carrier 1937 novelist, short stories La Guerre, Yes Sir!, Le chandail de hockey
Anne Carson 1950 poet Autobiography of Red
Anne Laurel Carter 1953 children's fiction The Shepherd's Granddaughter
Allan Casey non-fiction Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada
Kate Cayley novelist, dramatist, poet How You Were Born, The Hangman in the Mirror, After Akhmatova
Robert Chafe 1971 playwright Afterimage, Tempting Providence
Francis Chalifour 1977 creative non-fiction After
Gillian Chan 1954 children's literature Glory Days and Other Stories
David Chariandy 1969 novelist Soucouyant
Lyne Charlebois screenwriter Borderline
Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix 1682 1761 historian Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle-France
Normand Chaurette 1954 playwright Provincetown Playhouse, juillet 1919, j'avais 19 ans, Le Passage de l'Indiana, Ce qui meurt en dernier
Évelyne de la Chenelière 1975 playwright, novelist Désordre public, Bashir Lazhar
Herménégilde Chiasson 1946 poet, playwright Conversations
Philip Child 1898 1978 novelist Day of Wrath, Mr. Ames Against Time
Anne Chislett 1942 playwright Quiet in the Land, The Tomorrow Box
Ins Choi playwright Kim's Convenience
Denise Chong 1953 memoirist The Concubine's Children
Wayson Choy 1939 novelist The Jade Peony, All That Matters
Lesley Choyce 1951 poet, novelist, non-fiction The Republic of Nothing
Michael Christie short stories The Beggar's Garden; If I Fall, If I Die
Jane Christmas 1954 travel, memoirist And Then There Were Nuns
Eliza Clark 1963 novelist Bite the Stars
Greg Clark 1892 1977 humorist War Stories
Joan Clark 1934 novelist Latitudes of Melt, The Hand of Robin Squires
Austin Clarke 1934 novelist The Polished Hoe, Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack
George Elliott Clarke 1960 poet, novelist, dramatist Whylah Falls, George and Rue
Fabien Cloutier 1976 dramatist Pour réussir un poulet
Lynn Coady 1970 novelist Saints of Big Harbour, Strange Heaven, Hellgoing
Mark Coakley true crime Tip and Trade
Fred Cogswell 1917 2004 poet
Leonard Cohen 1934 2016 poet, novelist, singer-songwriter Beautiful Losers
Matt Cohen 1942 1999 novelist Emotional Arithmetic, Elizabeth and After
Susan G. Cole 1952 journalist Pornography and the Sex Crisis, Power Surge: Sex Violence and Pornography
Trevor Cole 1960 novelist The Fearsome Particles, Practical Jean
Anne Coleman creative non-fiction I'll Tell You a Secret
Victor Coleman poet
Don Coles 1928 poet Forests of the Medieval World
John Robert Colombo 1936 poet, reference book compiler Colombo's Canadian Quotations, Colombo's Canadian References
Wayde Compton 1972 poetry, essays, short fiction
Bill Conall novelist, humorist The Promised Land
Jan Conn 1952 poet, insect geneticist South of the Tudo Bem Cafe
Karen Connelly 1969 travel, novelist, poet Touch the Dragon, The Lizard Cage
Kevin Connolly 1962 poet, editor Drift, Revolver
Ralph Connor (also known as Charles William Gordon) 1860 1937 novelist, essayist The Man from Glengarry, Glengarry School Days, The Sky Pilot
George Ramsay Cook 1931 historian
Hugh Cook 1942 novelist
Michael Cook 1933 1994 playwright Jacob's Wake
Tim Cook 1971 military historian Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-1918, No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War
Dennis Cooley 1944 poet Irene
Douglas Cooper 1960 novelist Amnesia, Delirium
Ann Copeland 1932 short stories The Golden Thread
Carole Corbeil 1952 2000 novelist, journalist Voice-Over, In the Wings
Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman 1985 playwright Scratch
Thomas B. Costain 1885 1965 historical fiction, non-fiction Below the Salt, Ride with Me, The Black Rose, The Silver Chalice
Douglas Coupland 1961 novelist Generation X, Girlfriend in a Coma
Hugh Cowan 1867 1943 historian Ontario and the Detroit Frontier 1701–1814
James Alexander Cowan 1901 1978 writer, columnist
Daniel Allen Cox 1976 novelist Shuck, Tattoo This Madness In
Ivan Coyote 1969 spoken-word poet, columnist Bow Grip
Archie Crail 1944 playwright, short stories Exile, The Bonus Deal
Isabella Valancy Crawford 1846 1887 poet, freelance Old Spookses' Pass
Donald Creighton 1902 1979 historian John A. Macdonald
Luella Creighton 1901 1996 historical fiction, children's non-fiction High Bright Buggy Wheels
Octave Crémazie 1827 1879 poet
Lynn Crosbie 1963 poet, novelist Life Is About Losing Everything
Lorna Crozier 1948 poet Inventing the Hawk, Everything Arrives at the Light
Michael Crummey 1965 poet, novelist, non-fiction Galore
Nancy Jo Cullen poet, short stories Science Fiction Saint, Pearl, Untitled Child, Canary
Alan Cumyn 1960 novelist The Secret Life of Owen Skye, Dear Sylvia
Richard Cumyn 1957 short fiction Viking Brides, The View from Tamischeira, The Young in Their Country, Famous Last Meals
Peter Cureton 1965 1994 playwright Passages
Andrea Curtis creative non-fiction Into the Blue
Herb Curtis 1949 novelist, humorist The Last Tasmanian, Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles
Kayla Czaga poet For Your Safety Please Hold On


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Anne Dandurand b. 1953 novelist
Cherish D'Angelo, a.k.a. Cheryl Kaye Tardif b. 1963 novelist Lancelot's Lady
Louis Dantin 1865-1945 poet, critic Le Coffret de Crusoé, Gloses critiques
Jean-Paul Daoust b. 1946 poet, novelist, short stories Les Cendres bleues, Black Diva
Frank Davey b. 1940
Craig Davidson novelist, short stories Rust and Bone, Cataract City
Robertson Davies 1913–1995 novelist Fifth Business, What's Bred in the Bone
Lauren B. Davis b. 1955 novelist, short stories
Amber Dawn novelist, anthologist Sub Rosa
Frank Parker Day 1881–1950 novelist Rockbound
Mazo de la Roche 1879–1961 novelist Jalna
Charles de Lint fantasy
Elisabeth de Mariaffi short stories, poet How to Get Along With Women
Sadiqa de Meijer short stories, poet Leaving Howe Island
James de Mille 1833–1880 novelist A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
Marq de Villiers b. 1940 journalist, magazine editor, science Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
Anthony de Sa novelist, short stories Barnacle Love
Patrick deWitt b. 1975 novelist The Sisters Brothers
Michael Delisle b. 1959 novelist, poet, short stories Le sort de fille, Le Feu de mon père
Sandra Dempsey
Barry Dempster
Dennis Denisoff novelist, poet, academic Dog Years, The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories
Randall Denley journalist, novelist The Perfect Candidate
Henriette Dessaulles 1860-1946 journalist, diarist Fadette: Journal d'Henriette Dessaulles 1874-1881
Alexander Dewdney computer science, philosophy
Christopher Dewdney b. 1951
Myrna Dey novelist, journalist Extensions
Ranj Dhaliwal b. 1976 novelist Daaku, The Gangster's Life
Mary di Michele b. 1949 poet, novelist Stranger in You: Selected Poems and New, Tenor of Love
Ann Diamond b. 1951 poet, novelist, short stories A Nun's Diary, Evil Eye
Don Dickinson b. 1947 novelist, short stories Blue Husbands, The Crew
Nicolas Dickner b. 1972 novelist, short stories Nikolski
Sandra Djwa b. 1939 biography, literary criticism Journey with No Maps: A Life of P. K. Page
Kildare Dobbs b. 1923 short stories
Farzana Doctor novelist Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement
Cory Doctorow b. 1971 science fiction
Jeramy Dodds poet Crabwise to the Hounds
Bob Dolman screenwriter SCTV
Don Domanski b. 1950
Candas Dorsey b. 1960 science fiction
Clive Doucet
Orville Lloyd Douglas b. 1976 poet
James Doull 1918–2001 philosopher
Glen Downey b. 1969 children's literature
Brian Doyle b. 1935 young adult fiction
Brian Drader playwright Prok, The Fruit Machine, The Norbals
William Henry Drummond 1854–1907 poet The Habitant
Marcel Dubé
Peter Dubé novelist, short stories Hovering World, At the Bottom of the Sky
Réjean Ducharme b. 1941
Louis Dudek 1918–2001 poet
Dave Duncan b. 1933
Sara Jeannette Duncan 1861–1922 novelist, journalist The Imperialist
Warren Dunford b. 1963 novelist Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture, Making a Killing, The Scene Stealer
Kristyn Dunnion b. 1969 novelist, short stories Big Big Sky, The Dirt Chronicles


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Lawrence Earl 1915–2005 novelist, journalist Yangtse Incident, The Battle of Baltinglass
Edith Maude Eaton 1865–1914 short stories Mrs. Spring Fragrance
Evelyn Eaton 1902–1983 novelist, poet Quietly My Captain Waits
Chris Eaton b.1971 novelist, music The Inactivist, The Grammar Architect
Winnifred Eaton 1875–1954 novelist A Japanese Nightingale
Kim Echlin b. 1955 novelist The Disappeared
David Eddie novelist, humorist Chump Change, Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad, Damage Control
Esi Edugyan novelist The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, Half-Blood Blues
Modris Eksteins b. 1943 historian Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, World War II and the Heart of Our Century, Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Eclipse of Certainty
George Elliott 1923–1996 short stories The Kissing Man, Crazy Water Boys
Deborah Ellis non-fiction, young adult fiction The Breadwinner, The Heaven Shop
Sarah Ellis b. 1952 children's literature Odd Man Out, Pick Up Sticks
Louis Émond b. 1969 novelist The Manuscript
Marina Endicott b. 1958 novelist Good to a Fault, The Little Shadows, Close to Hugh
Howard Engel b. 1931 mysteries The Suicide Murders
Marian Engel 1933–1985 novelist Bear
Yves Engler politics, activist Playing Left Wing
Sharon English b. 1965 short stories Zero Gravity
Steven Erikson b. 1959 novelist Malazan Book of the Fallen series
Ann Eriksson b. 1956 novelist In the Hands of Anubis
Gloria Escomel b. 1941 novelist, dramatist, journalist Pièges, Fruit de la passion
Michael Estok 1939-1989 poet A Plague Year Journal
Jon Evans b. 1973 novelist Dark Places
Stanley Evans novelist Seaweed series of crime fiction


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Emil Ludwig Fackenheim 1916–2003 historian, philosopher
Terry Fallis humorist The Best Laid Plans
Alain Farah b. 1979 novelist, poet Matamore no 29, Pourquoi Boulogne
Edmundo Farolan b. 1943 poet, playwright, novelist Itinerancias, Hexalogia Teatral, Love, Travels and Other Memoirs of a Filipino Writer
Brian Fawcett b. 1944 novelist, non-fiction Virtual Clearcut: Or, the Way Things Are in My Hometown, Cambodia: A Book for People Who Find Television Too Slow
Charles Fenerty c. 1821–1892 poet, journalist, inventor Betula Nigra, Essay on Progress
Ian Ferguson playwright, humorist Village of the Small Houses
Max Ferguson b. 1924 humorist And Now... Here's Max
Trevor Ferguson b. 1947 novelist
Will Ferguson b. 1964 humorist, novelist, travel writer Why I Hate Canadians, Happiness, 419
Jacques Ferron 1921–1985 playwright
Madeleine Ferron c. 1922 - 2010 novelist La fin des loups-garous
George Fetherling
Charlotte Fielden b. 1932
Joy Fielding b. 1945 novelist
Connie Fife b. 1961 poet Beneath the Naked Sun, Poems for a New World
Timothy Findley 1930–2002 novelist, dramatist, short stories The Wars, The Piano Man's Daughter
Larry Fineberg b. 1945 playwright Eve, Human Remains, Failure of Nerve
Joe Fiorito b. 1948 novelist, columnist, memoirist The Song Beneath the Ice
Sheree Fitch
James FitzGerald non-fiction Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past
Judith Fitzgerald
Anne Fleming
May Agnes Fleming 1840–1880 novelist The Midnight Queen, Queen of the Isle, Lost for a Woman
Cynthia Flood b. 1940 novelist, short stories My Father Took a Cake to France, Making a Stone of the Heart, Red Girl Rat Boy
Lisa Foad short stories, journalist The Night Is a Mouth
Waawaate Fobister playwright Agokwe
Jacques Folch-Ribas b. 1928 novelist Une aurore boréale, Le silence, ou Le parfait bonheur
Dennis Foon
Charles Foran b. 1960 novelist Butterfly Lovers, Carolan's Farewell, House on Fire
John-James Ford
Helen Forrester b. 1919 novelist
Dominique Fortier b. 1972 novelist Du bon usage des étoiles, Au péril de la mer
Cecil Foster
Barbara Fradkin
Tess Fragoulis
Brian Francis novelist Fruit
Brad Fraser playwright Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
John Anderson Fraser b. 1944
Keath Fraser
Raymond Fraser Rum River, In a Cloud of Dust and Smoke, When The Earth Was Flat, In Another Life
Sylvia Fraser b. 1935 novelist
Louis Fréchette 1839–1908 poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist
David French b. 1939 playwright
Maida Parlow French novelist, artist, biographer
Patrick Friesen
Mark Frutkin
Northrop Frye 1912–1991 critic Anatomy of Criticism
Kim Fu b. 1987 novelist For Today I Am a Boy
Robert Fulford journalist
Janine Fuller b. 1958 non-fiction Restricted Entry: Censorship on Trial, Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada
Wes Funk 1969-2015 novelist Dead Rock Stars, Baggage
Nicola Furlong


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Brendan Gall playwright, screenwriter Wide Awake Hearts
Mavis Gallant 1922–2014 short stories From the Fifteenth District, Home Truths, Paris Notebooks
Steven Galloway novelist The Cellist of Sarajevo
François-Xavier Garneau 1809–1866 historian History of Canada : from the time of its discovery till the union year
Saint-Denys Garneau 1912–1943 poet Regards et jeux dans l'espace
Hugh Garner 1913–1979 novelist Cabbagetown
Elyse Gasco b. 1967 short stories Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?
Bill Gaston b. 1953 novelist, short stories The Order of Good Cheer, Mount Appetite
C. E. Gatchalian b. 1974 playwright Motifs & Repetitions, Falling in Time
Connie Gault b. 1949 playwright, novelist, short stories Sky, Euphoria, A Beauty
Daniel Gawthrop b. 1963 journalist, biographer Affirmation: The AIDS Odyssey of Dr. Peter
Pauline Gedge b. 1945 novelist Stargate, House of Illusions
Camilla Gibb b. 1968 novelist Sweetness in the Belly
John Murray Gibbon 1875–1952 non-fiction, novelist Canadian Mosaic
Douglas Gibson b. 1943 editor, publisher, memoirist Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others
Graeme Gibson b. 1934 novelist Five Legs, Perpetual Motion
Margaret Gibson 1948–2006 novelist, short stories The Butterfly Ward, Opium Dreams
William Gibson b. 1948 science fiction Neuromancer, All Tomorrow's Parties
Sky Gilbert b. 1952 playwright Brother Dumb, Drag Queens in Outer Space
Charlotte Gill short stories, non-fiction Ladykiller, Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe
John Patrick Gillese 1926–1999 novelist, short stories Kirby's Gander
David Gilmour b. 1949 novelist A Perfect Night to Go to China
Joanna Glass b. 1936 playwright If We Are Women, Trying
John Glassco 1909–1981 poet, translator, memoirist Memoirs of Montparnasse
Paul Glennon short stories, young adult literature The Dodecahedron, Bookweird
Susan Glickman b. 1953 poet, novelist, critic The Violin Lover, The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape
Douglas Glover b. 1948 novelist Elle, The Life and Times of Captain N
Jacques Godbout b. 1933 novelist Salut Galarneau!, Une histoire américaine
Dave Godfrey b. 1938 novelist The New Ancestors
Glenda Goertzen b. 1967 novelist The Prairie Dogs
Oliver Goldsmith 1794–1861 poet The Rising Village
Gabriella Goliger novelist, short stories Song of Ascent, Girl Unwrapped
Leona Gom b. 1946 novelist, mysteries, poet Housebroken, Freeze Frame
Alison Gordon sports journalist, mysteries The Dead Pull Hitter, Prairie Hardball
Charles Gordon b. 1940 newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist The Governor General's Bunny Hop, The Canada Trip
Phyllis Gotlieb b. 1926 poet, science fiction A Judgement of Dragons
Sondra Gotlieb b. 1936 newspaper columnist True Confections
Hiromi Goto b. 1966 science fiction Chorus of Mushrooms, The Kappa Child
John Gould short stories Kilter: 55 Fictions
George R. D. Goulet b. 1933 historian The Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied, The Métis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet: Canada's Premier Pioneers, The Métis in British Columbia: From Fur Trade Outposts to Colony
Terry Goulet b. 1934 historian The Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied (researcher), The Métis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet: Canada's Premier Pioneers, The Métis in British Columbia: From Fur Trade Outposts to Colony
Katherine Govier b. 1948 novelist Angel Walk, The Truth Teller
Lee Gowan b. 1961 novelist Make Believe Love, The Last Cowboy
Barbara Gowdy b. 1950 novelist, short stories The Romantic, The White Bone
Wayne Grady b. 1948 novelist, memoir, science Emancipation Day, Breakfast at the Exit Café
Gwethalyn Graham 1913–1965 novelist Earth and High Heaven
Neile Graham b. 1958 poet Spells for Clear Vision, Blood Memory
Martin Allerdale Grainger 1874–1941 novelist, journalist Woodsmen of the West
Jack Granatstein b. 1939 historian
E. M. Granger Bennett d. 1988 historical fiction Short of the Glory
George Grant 1918–1988 historian, philosopher Lament for a Nation
Jessica Grant novelist, short stories Come, Thou Tortoise
Charlotte Gray b. 1948 novelist, non-fiction Mrs. King
R. W. Gray short stories Crisp, Entropic
Robert Joseph Greene b. 1973 children's literature, romantic fiction This High School Has Closets, The Gay Icon Classics of the World
Ed Greenwood b. 1959 fantasy Forgotten Realms
Daniel Grenier b. 1980 novelist, short stories L’année la plus longue
Taras Grescoe creative non-fiction Sacré Blues
Grey Owl 1888–1938 conservationist Grey Owl and the Beaver, City of the Ancients
Claude-Henri Grignon 1894–1976 novelist, satirist Un Homme et son péché
Frederick Phillip Grove 1879–1948 novelist Settlers of the Marsh, Consider Her Ways
Brett Josef Grubisic novelist, critic The Age of Cities
Germaine Guèvremont 1893–1968 novelist, short stories Le Survenant, Marie-Didace
Genni Gunn b. 1949 novelist, poet Tracing Iris, Faceless
Kristjana Gunnars b. 1948 poet, novelist Settlement Poems, One-Eyed Moon Maps
David Gurr b. 1936 novelist, playwright The Ring Master
Ralph Gustafson 1909–1995 poet Fire on Stone
Don Gutteridge b. 1937 poet, novelist
Sandra Gwyn 1935–2000 journalist The Private Capital: Ambition and Love in the Age of Macdonald and Laurier


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Rawi Hage b. 1964 novelist De Niro's Game, Cockroach, Carnival
Joan Haggerty
Roderick Haig-Brown b. 1941
Arthur Hailey 1920–2004 novelist Hotel, Airport
Thomas Chandler Haliburton The Clockmaker
Louis Hamelin b. 1959 novelist, short stories, literary critic La Rage, Sauvages, La Constellation du Lynx
Ian Hamilton journalist, mysteries The Water Rat of Wanchai, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan
Jane Eaton Hamilton b. 1954 Body Rain, July Nights, Hunger
Lyn Hancock b. 1938 There's a Seal in my Sleeping Bag, There's a Raccoon in my Parka, Tabasco: The Saucy Raccoon
Angeline Hango 1909–1995 novelist, journalist Truthfully Yours
Kevin Hardcastle b. 1980 novelist, short stories Debris
Robin Hardy 1952–1995 novelist, journalist Call of the Wendigo, Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood
Alexander Harris 1805–1874 novelist Settlers and Convicts: Recollections of sixteen years' labour in the Australian backwoods
Claire Harris b. 1937
Dorothy Joan Harris b. 1931 children's literature
Marjorie Harris b. 1937 gardening Seasons of My Garden
Michael Harris b. 1944 poet Circus
Michael Harris b. 1948 journalist Justice Denied: The Law Versus Donald Marshall
Michael Harris b. 1980 non-fiction, young adult literature The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection
Keith Harrison b. 1945 novelist Eyemouth, Furry Creek
Jill Hartman
Diana Hartog b. 1950 poet, novelist Matinee Light, Candy from Strangers, The Photographer's Sweethearts
Kristen den Hartog
Kenneth J. Harvey b. 1962 novelist Directions for an Opened Body, Brud, Blackstrap Hawco
Elisabeth Harvor b. 1936 novelist, poet Let Me Be the One, Excessive Joy Injures the Heart
Liedewy Hawke translator
Barbara Haworth-Attard b. 1953
Elizabeth Hay b. 1951 novelist, non-fiction Late Nights on Air, A Student of Weather, The Only Snow in Havana
Elliott Hayes 1956–1994
Matthew Hays film critic, journalist The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers
Steven Hayward novelist, short stories Buddha Stevens and Other Stories, The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke
Charles Heavysege 1816–1876 poet Saul
Anne Hébert 1916–2000 novelist, poet, short stories, novellas Kamouraska, Les Chambres de Bois, Les Fous de Bassan, Le Torrent
Steven Heighton novelist, poet The Shadow Boxer
William C. Heine novelist, newspaper editor The Last Canadian
Matthew Heiti novelist, screenwriter, playwright Son of the Sunshine, The City Still Breathing
Michael Helm novelist, editor The Projectionist, In the Place of Last Things
David Helwig
Maggie Helwig
Louis Hémon 1880–1913 novelist, journalist Maria Chapdelaine
John Herbert playwright Fortune and Men's Eyes
Trevor Herriot naturalist River in a Dry Land: A Prairie Passage, Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds
Sheila Heti novelist, short stories How Should a Person Be?, The Middle Stories, Ticknor
Paul Hiebert 1892–1987 novelist, humorist Sarah Binks
Tomson Highway b. 1951 playwright, novelist Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, The Rez Sisters, Kiss of the Fur Queen
Lawrence Hill novelist, memoirist Black Berry, Sweet Juice, The Book of Negroes
Ernest Hillen journalist, memoirist The Way of a Boy, Small Mercies
Robert Hilles b. 1951
Jack Hodgins b. 1938
Susan Holbrook poet Misled, Joy Is So Exhausting, Throaty Wipes
Arthur Holden b. 1959 playwright, television Father Land, Ars Poetica, The Book of Bob
Clive Holden poet Trains of Winnipeg
Claire Holden Rothman b. 1958 novelist, short stories The Heart Specialist, My October
Pauline Holdstock
Greg Hollingshead b. 1947 novelist, short stories The Roaring Girl, The Healer
Margaret Hollingsworth b. 1942 playwright Ever Loving, War Babies, Islands
Michael Hollingsworth b. 1950 playwright The History of the Village of the Small Huts
Nancy Holmes b. 1959 poet The Adultery Poems, The Flicker Tree
Margaret Lindsay Holton
(a.k.a. Ali-Janna Whyte)
b. 1955 novelist, short stories, poet, social history Economic Sex, Spirit of Toronto: 1834–1984, The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous, On Top of Mount Nemo, Bush Chord: New Poems & Pinhole Photographs
Hugh Hood 1928–2000 novelist The New Age
Cornelia Hoogland b. 1952
Nalo Hopkinson b. 1960 science fiction, fantasy Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads
Leah Horlick poet Riot Lung, For Your Own Good
Harold Horwood b. 1923
Liz Howard poet Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
Tanya Huff fantasy
Matt Hughes
Helen Humphreys b. 1961 novelist Afterimage, The Lost Garden
Aislinn Hunter
Bruce Hunter
Catherine Hunter
Maureen Hunter
Nancy Huston b. 1953 novelist, translator
Hazel Hutchins
Bruce Hutchison
Joel Thomas Hynes b. 1976 novelist, playwright, screenwriter Down to the Dirt, Right Away Monday
Maureen Hynes poet Rough Skin, Harm's Way, Marrow, Willow


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Ameer Idreis b. 1999 novelist The Ewald Series
Michael Ignatieff b. 1947 novelist, academic Scar Tissue, Blood and Belonging
George K. Ilsley b. 1958 novelist, short stories Random Acts of Hatred, ManBug
Neamat Imam b. 1971 novelist The Black Coat
Susan Ioannou b. 1944 poet Clarity Between Clouds
Anosh Irani b. 1974 novelist The Song of Kahunsha
Ann Ireland b. 1953 novelist Exile, A Certain Mr. Takahashi
Adel Iskandar b. 1977 media critic Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism
Frances Itani b. 1942 novelist Deafening


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Donald Jack 1924–2003 novelist, playwright The Bandy Papers, Rogues, Rebels, and Geniuses
Suzanne Jacob b. 1953 novelist, poet Laura Laur, La Part de feu
Candice James b. 1948 Poet Laureate, New Westminster, BC 2010 - 2016 A Split In The Water, Inner Heart A Journey, Bridges and Clouds, Midnight Embers - A Book of Sonnets
Anna Brownell Jameson 1794–1860 Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada
J. Robert Janes b. 1932 mysteries
Mark Anthony Jarman b. 1955 novelist, short stories 19 Knives, My White Planet
Paulette Jiles b. 1943 novelist, poet Celestial Navigation, Enemy Women
K.V. Johansen b. 1968 fantasy, science fiction Nightwalker, Torrie series, Pippin series, Cassandra Virus
Linda Johns b. 1945 non-fiction Sharing a Robin's Life
E. Pauline Johnson 1861–1913 poet Canadian Born
Wentworth M. Johnson 1939–2014 science fiction, mysteries, non-fiction Angel of the Veil, The Curse of Valdi, Bill Reyner Mystery Adventure Series
Julie Johnston children's/young adult literature Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
Wayne Johnston b. 1958 novelist, non-fiction The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Baltimore's Mansion
Andy Jones b. 1948 playwright, screenwriter The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood
D. G. Jones 1929-2016 poet, translator Under the Thunder the Flowers Light Up the Earth
Terry Jordan short stories It's a Hard Cow


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Elaine Kalman Naves non-fiction Putting Down Roots, Shoshonna's Story
Surjeet Kalsey poet, drama, short stories, translator FootPrints of Silence, Speaking to the Wind, Colours of My Heart
Smaro Kamboureli
Alan Kane b. 1954 Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
Adeena Karasick b. 1965 poet This Poem
Ibi Kaslik b. 1973 novelist Skinny, The Angel Riots
Welwyn Wilton Katz
Guy Gavriel Kay b. 1954 fantasy The Fionavar Tapestry, Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan
Greg Kearney short stories, drama Mommy Daddy Baby, Pretty, Cancun
Lionel Kearns b. 1937
Diane Keating poet No Birds or Flowers
Julie Keith short stories The Jaguar Temple, The Devil Out There
Thomas P. Kelley 1910-1982 pulp, true crime The Black Donnellys
M. T. Kelly b. 1946 novelist A Dream Like Mine
Sean Kelly b. 1940 humor Saints preserve us!, Not the Bible, Boom Baby Moon
Olivier Kemeid b. 1975 playwright L'Éneide, Moi, dans les ruines rouges du siècle, Furieux et désespérés
Susan Kerslake b. 1943 novelist, short stories Middlewatch, The Book of Fears
Joseph Kertes b. 1951 novelist, journalist Winter Tulips, Gratitude
Crawford Kilian
Crad Kilodney b. 1948 short stories Blood Sucking Monkeys from North Tonawanda
Deborah Kimmett playwright, humorist Miracle Mother, Outrunning Crazy
Basil King 1859–1928 novelist; co-founder Canadian Authors Association The Inner Shrine (1909)
Thomas King b. 1943 novelist, non-fiction Green Grass, Running Water
Mark Kingwell philosopher Dreams of Millennium
W.P. Kinsella b. 1935 novelist, short stories Shoeless Joe, Dance Me Outside
William Kirby 1817–1906 novelist, poet The Golden Dog
Barbara Klar b. 1966 poet The Night You Called Me a Shadow
Sarah Klassen b. 1932 novelist, poet Journey to Yalta, A Curious Beatitude, The Wittenbergs
A. M. Klein 1909–1972 novelist, poet The Second Scroll
Joshua Knelman creative non-fiction Hot Art
Raymond Knister
Alexander Knox 1907–1995 actor, novelist
Tamai Kobayashi b. 1965 short stories, novelist Prairie Ostrich
Eric Koch 1919 novelist
Joy Kogawa b. 1935 poet, novelist Obasan, Itsuka
Sergio Kokis b. 1944 novelist, poet, short stories Le Pavillon des miroirs, Les amants d'Alfama, Culs-de-sac
Gordon Korman
Myrna Kostash
Shane Koyczan
Greg Kramer 1961-2013 novelist, playwright The Pursemonger of fugu, Couchwarmer, Wally
Philip Kreiner b. 1950 novelist, short stories People Like Us in a Place Like This
Henry Kreisel 1922–1991 novelist The Rich Man
John Krizanc b. 1956 playwright Tamara
Robert Kroetsch 1927–2011 novelist, poet The Studhorse Man, The Hornbooks of Rita K
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer b. 1965 novelist, short stories Way Up, The Nettle Spinner, All the Broken Things
Janice Kulyk Keefer b. 1952 novelist, poet Constellations, The Green Library
Michael Kusugak b. 1948 children's literature The Littlest Sled Dog
Lydia Kwa b. 1959 fiction, poet This Place Called Absence, The Walking Boy


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Sonnet L'Abbé poet A Strange Relief, Killarnoe
Richard Labonté critic, anthologist First Person Queer, Best Gay Erotica series
Rosa Labordé playwright Léo
Marie-Sissi Labrèche b. 1969 screenwriter, novelist Borderline
Edward A. Lacey 1988-1995 poet The Forms of Life
Ben Ladouceur b. 1987 poet Otter
Steven Laffoley b. 1965 non-fiction, novelist Shadowboxing: the life and times of George Dixon, The Blue Tattoo
Larissa Lai b. 1967 novelist When Fox Is a Thousand
Vincent Lam b. 1974 medicine, novelist Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, The Headmaster's Wager
Tim Lander b. 1938 poet Street Heart Poems
Patrick Lane b. 1939 poet Poems, New and Selected
Marisa Lankester b. 1963 writer Dangerous Odds
Annette Lapointe b. 1978 novelist Stolen
Evelyn Lau b. 1971 poet, novelist, memoirist Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid
Margaret Laurence 1926–1987 novelist The Stone Angel, The Diviners
Agnes C. Laut 1871–1936 journalist, novelist, historian, social worker Pioneers of the Pacific Coast, The Quenchless Night, The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier
Karen Lawrence b. 1951 novelist, poetry, short stories The Life of Helen Alone
Mary Lawson b. 1946 novelist Crow Lake
Irving Layton 1912–2006 poet A Wild Peculiar Joy
Jack Layton 1950–2011 non-fiction Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis
Stephen Leacock 1869–1944 humorist Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Perrine Leblanc b. 1980 novelist L'homme blanc, Malabourg
Félix Leclerc 1914-1988 writer, poet, singer-songwriter Pieds nus dans l'aube, Le calepin d'un flâneur, Moi, mes souliers
Dennis Lee b. 1939 poet Garbage Delight, Alligator Pie, Civil Elegies
John Alan Lee 1933-2013 sociologist The Colours of Love, Getting Sex
JJ Lee non-fiction The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
Jen Sookfong Lee novelist The End of East
John B. Lee b. 1951 poet The Pig Dance Dreams, Variations on Herb
Nancy Lee b. 1970 short stories Dead Girls
Ronald Lee b. 1934 novelist Goddam Gypsy
Sky Lee b. 1952 short stories, novelist Disappearing Moon Cafe
Mathyas Lefebure novelist D'où viens tu, berger?
Mark Leiren-Young b. 1962 playwright Blueprints from Space
Roger Lemelin 1919–1992 novelist, essayist The Town Below
John Lent 1948–2006 poet, novelist So it Won't Go Away
Douglas LePan 1914–1998 poet, novelist The Deserter
Catherine Leroux b. 1979 novelist, short stories Le mur mitoyen, Madame Victoria
Pierre Leroux b.1958 novelist Le Rire des femmes,, Cher éditeur
Alex Leslie poet, short stories People Who Disappear, The Things I Heard About You
Norman Levine 1923–2005 short stories One Way Ticket, Thin Ice
Shar Levine b. 1953 children's science Extreme 3-D Weird Animals, Fun with Your Microscope
Naomi K. Lewis 1976– novelist, non-fiction Cricket in a Fist
Wyndham Lewis 1882–1957 novelist The Apes of God
Michael Lista b. 1983 poet Bloom
Ashley Little b. 1983 children's, young adult literature The New Normal, Anatomy of a Girl Gang
Jean Little b. 1932 novelist Mine for Keeps
Dorothy Livesay 1909–1996 poet Day and Night, Poems for People
Billie Livingston b.1965 novelist, short stories, poet Going Down Swinging, Cease to Blush, Greedy Little Eyes
Douglas Lochhead b. 1922 poet High Marsh Road, Shepherds Before Kings, The Millwood Road Poems
Lynette Loeppky memoirist Cease
Kevin Loring b. 1974 playwright Where the Blood Mixes
Jennifer LoveGrove poet, novelist Watch How We Walk
Malcolm Lowry 1909–1957 novelist Under the Volcano
Pat Lowther 1935–1975 poet Milk Stone, A Stone Diary
Jack Ludwig b. 1922 novelist, short stories, sportswriter Above Ground, The Great American Spectaculars: The Kentucky Derby, Mardi Gras, and Other Days of Celebration
Pearl Luke b. 1958 novelist Burning Ground, Madame Zee
Janet Lunn b. 1928 children's literature The Root Cellar, The Hollow Tree
Richard Lush b. 1934 poet A Manual for Lying Down
Annabel Lyon b. 1970 novels, short stories The Golden Mean
Eswyn Lyster 1923–2009 war brides, war Most Excellent Citizens, A Bloody Miracle


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Rozena Maart b. 1962 novelist, short stories Rosa's District Six, The Writing Circle
Patrick MacAdam Gold Medal Misfits
Agnes Maule Machar
Ann-Marie MacDonald b. 1958 novelist, playwright Fall on Your Knees, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Bryden MacDonald b. 1960 playwright Whale Riding Weather, With Bated Breath
D. R. MacDonald novelist, short stories Cape Breton Road, Lauchlin of the Bad Heart
Hugh MacDonald
Jake MacDonald
Janice MacDonald b. 1959 novelist, children's literature, short stories Condemned to Repeat, Hang Down Your Head, The Ghouls' Night Out
Maggie MacDonald
Gwendolyn MacEwen 1941–1987 poet
Roy MacGregor journalist, non-fiction Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey
Linden MacIntyre b. 1943 novelist, journalist The Bishop's Man, Causeway
Rory Maclean b. 1954
Hugh MacLennan 1907–1990 novelist, essayist Two Solitudes, Barometer Rising
Matt MacLennan
Michael MacLennan
Alexander MacLeod short stories Light Lifting
Alistair MacLeod 1936-2014 novelist, short stories No Great Mischief
Elizabeth Macleod biographer
Joan MacLeod b. 1954 playwright Amigo's Blue Guitar, The Hope Slide, The Shape of a Girl
Rick Maddocks b. 1970 short stories Sputnik Diner
Adriana Maggs screenwriter Grown Up Movie Star
Randall Maggs poet Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems
Anand Mahadevan b. 1979 novelist The Strike
Rabindranath Maharaj b. 1955 novelist, short stories The Interloper, Homer in Flight, The Lagahoo's Apprentice
Louise Maheux-Forcier b. 1929 novelist, radio and television drama Amadou, Une Forêt pour Zoé
Antonine Maillet b. 1929 novelist, playwright La Sagouine, Pélagie-la-Charette
André Major b. 1942 poet, novelist Les Rescapés
Kevin Major b. 1949
Pasha Malla short stories, journalism The Withdrawal Method
Eli Mandel 1922-1992 poet Trio, An Idiot Joy, The Family Romance
Miriam Mandel 1930-1982 poet Lions at Her Face, Station 14
Avner Mandelman novelist, finance The Debba
David Manicom b. 1960 poet, novelist
Lee Maracle b. 1950 poet, novelist
Blaine Marchand b. 1949 poetry, non-fiction, novelist A Garden Enclosed, The Craving of Knives
Jovette Marchessault 1938-2012 novelist, playwright Le Voyage magnifique d'Emily Carr, Triptyque lesbien
Robert Marinier b. 1954 playwright, television L'Insomnie, Météo+, Les Bleus de Ramville
Daphne Marlatt b. 1942
Paul Marlowe novelist, short stories Sporeville
John Marlyn 1912–1985
Nicole Markotic
Tom Marshall 1938-1993 poet, novelist, critic Adele at the End of the Day
Émile Martel b. 1941 poet, short stories Pour orchestre et poète seul
Yann Martel b. 1963 novelist, short stories Life of Pi
Camille Martin b. 1956 poet, collage artist Sonnets, Looms
Claire Martin 1914-2014 La joue droite
Paul Nicholas Mason b. 1958 novelist, playwright Battered Soles, The Red Dress
Elan Mastai screenwriter, novelist The F Word, All Our Wrong Todays
Carol Matas b. 1949 novelist After the War, Daniel's Story
Shirlee Smith Matheson
John Bentley Mays 1941-2016 journalist, novelist, memoirist In the Jaws of the Black Dogs, Power in the Blood
Susan Mayse b. 1948 creative non-fiction Awen, Ginger, Merlin's Web
Tawiah M'carthy playwright Obaaberima
Colin McAdam novelist Some Great Thing, A Beautiful Truth
Steve McCaffery
Nellie McClung journalist
Derek McCormack b. 1969 novelist, short stories Dark Rides, The Haunted Hillbilly
Eric McCormack b. 1938 novelist The Paradise Motel, First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
Edward McCourt 1907–1972 novelist, non-fiction Music at the Close
John McCrae 1872–1918 poet "In Flanders' Fields"
Derek McCulloch b. 1964 graphic novelist, children's literature Stagger Lee
Colin McDougall 1917–1984 novelist Execution
Franklin D. McDowell 1888–1965 novelist The Champlain Road
Jaimie McEvoy b. 1965 historian
David McFadden
Donna McFarlane b. 1958 novelist Division of Surgery
Leslie McFarlane (a/k/a Franklin W. Dixon) 1902–1977 children's literature The Hardy Boys
Sheryl McFarlane b. 1954 children's literature, young adult fiction Waiting for the Whales, Jessie's Island, Eagle Dreams, This is the Dog
Oonah McFee 1916-2006 novels, short stories Sandbars
Peter McGehee 1955-1991 novels, short stories Boys Like Us, Sweetheart
Edgar McInnis 1899-1973 poet, historian The Unguarded Frontier, Oxford Periodical History of the War
James McIntyre 1827–1906 poet
Ami McKay The Birth House
Don McKay poet, essayist
Leo McKay, Jr. b. 1964 novelist, short stories Twenty-Six, Like This
Ian McLachlan novelist, playwright The Seventh Hexagram
Stuart McLean b. 1948 humorist, short stories Welcome Home, Stories from the Vinyl Cafe
Marshall McLuhan 1911–1980 academic
Susan McMaster
Sylvia McNicoll
Christopher Meades b. 1974 novelist, short stories The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark, The Last Hiccup, For The Love of Mary
John Melady
Lee Mellor b.1982 true crime, music critic Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder
Judith Merril 1923 - 1997 science fiction, editor
Edmund Metatawabin memoirist Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History
John Metcalf b. 1938
Sarah Mian poet, novelist, short stories When the Saints
Anne Michaels poet, novelist Fugitive Pieces
Sean Michaels b. 1982 novelist, music critic Us Conductors
Andrée A. Michaud b. 1957 novelist, playwright Le ravissement, Mirror Lake, Bondrée
Roy Miki
Ron Miksha b. 1954 Bad Beekeeping
Eleanor Millard b. 1942 novelist, memoirist, short stories River Child, Journeys Outside and In, Summer Snow
John Miller b. 1968 novelist The Featherbed, A Sharp Intake of Breath
Orlo Miller 1911-1993 historian, novelist
Kenneth G. Mills 1923–2004 poet
Christine Miscione novelist, short stories Auxiliary Skins, Carafola
Christian Mistral b. 1964 novelist, poet, songwriter Vamp
Rohinton Mistry b. 1952 novelist Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance
Jared Mitchell
W.O. Mitchell 1914–1998 novelist, short stories Who Has Seen the Wind, Jake and the Kid
Elliott Moglica b. 1971 poet, novelist The Proton Man: Justin Trudeau, The Protonic Guardian: Justin Trudeau
Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874–1942 novelist, children's literature Anne of Green Gables
Susanna Moodie 1803–1885 memoirist Roughing it in the Bush
Brian Moore 1921–1999 Black Robe, The Luck of Ginger Coffey
Christopher G. Moore b. 1952 novelist, short stories Vincent Calvino Private Eye series
Lisa Moore short stories, novelist
Jeffrey Moore novelist Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain, The Memory Artists,The Extinction Club
Shani Mootoo b. 1958 novelist Cereus Blooms at Night
Edythe Morahan de Lauzon poet
Pierre Morency b. 1942 poet, playwright
Bernice Morgan
Dwayne Morgan
Grace Jones Morgan 1884–1977 pulp
Jeffrey Morgan rock critic, authorized biographer The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story, The Brides of Mister X
Tara Lee Morin poet, memoirist As I Remember It
Kim Moritsugu novels Looks Perfect, The Glenwood Treasure
Donna Morrissey
Kim Morrissey b. 1956
Garry Thomas Morse poet, novelist Discovery Passages, Prairie Harbour
Colin Morton
Marie Moser b. 1948 novelist, short stories Counterpoint
Daniel David Moses poet and playwright
Tara Moss b. 1973 novelist Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit, Siren, The Blood Countess, The Spider Goddess
Erin Mouré poet
Farley Mowat b. 1921 novelist, naturalist Never Cry Wolf, My Discovery of America
Anne Mullens creative non-fiction Timely Death
Claire Mulligan novelist, short stories The Reckoning of Boston Jim
Alice Munro b. 1931 short stories The Progress of Love, Lives of Girls and Women, The Love of a Good Woman
Jim Munroe 1945 science fiction Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask, Everyone in Silico
Robert Munsch b. 1945 children's literature Angela's Airplane, A Promise is a Promise, Love You Forever, The Paperbag Princess
George Murray b. 1971 poet The Hunter, The Rush to Here, Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms
John Murrell playwright
Susan Musgrave b. 1951 poet, novelist The Charcoal Burners, Cargo of Orchids
Maria Mutch memoirist, short stories Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Ira Nadel b. 1943 biography, literary criticism Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen, Leon Uris: Life of a Best Seller, Joyce and the Jews: Culture and the Text, David Mamet: A Life in the Theatre, Tom Stoppard: A Life
Hasan Namir b. 1987 novelist God in Pink
Shenaaz Nanji young adult literature Child of Dandelions
Akhtar Naraghi novelist, poet The Big Green House
Angela Narth b. 1946 children's literature, non-fiction Simon With Two Left Feet
Riel Nason young adult novelist The Town That Drowned
Michael Nathanson playwright Talk
Émile Nelligan 1879–1941 poet Émile Nelligan et son œuvre
Max Nemni political scientist, biographer Young Trudeau, Trudeau Transformed
Monique Nemni linguist, biographer Young Trudeau, Trudeau Transformed
Pierre Nepveu b. 1946 poet, novelist Romans-fleuves, Lignes aériennes, Intérieurs du Nouveau Monde : Essais sur les littératures du Québec et des Amériques
John Newlove 1938–2003 poet Lies, The Night the Dog Smiled
Peter C. Newman b. 1929 journalist The Canadian Establishment
bpNichol 1944–1988 poet Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer, The Martyrology
Hal Niedzviecki b. 1971 novelist, critic Ditch, We Want Some Too
Susin Nielsen children's and young adult literature The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Fraser Nixon crime novelist The Man Who Killed, Straight to the Head
Francine Noël b. 1945 novelist, playwright La Femme de ma vie
Henri Nouwen 1932–1996 theologian The Wounded Healer, The Inner Voice of Love
Mary Novik b. 1945 novelist Conceit
Alden Nowlan 1933–1983 poet Bread, Wine and Salt, I’m a Stranger Here Myself


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Sheldon Oberman 1949–2004 children's literature The Shaman's Nephew
Theodore Odrach 1912–1964 novelist Wave of Terror
Alix Ohlin novelist, short stories Inside, Signs and Wonders
Alexandra Oliver poet Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway
Bryan Lee O'Malley b. 1979 graphic novelist Scott Pilgrim
Heather O'Neill novelist Lullabies for Little Criminals
Michael Ondaatje b. 1943 novelist, poet The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion, Anil's Ghost
Christopher Ondaatje b. 1933 writer, publisher The Prime Ministers of Canada, 1867–1967, The Man-eater of Punanai — a Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon, Sindh Revisited: A Journey in the Footsteps of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
Kenneth Oppel b. 1967 children's literature Airborn Series, Silverwing saga
Stephen Osborne b. 1947 journalist Ice & Fire: Dispatches from the New World
Martha Ostenso 1900–1963 novelist, screenwriter Wild Geese
Lawrence O'Toole film critic, memoirist Heart's Longing: Newfoundland, New York and the Distance Home
Fernand Ouellette b. 1930 poet, novelist Lucie ou un midi en novembre, Les Heures


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
P. K. Page 1916-2010 poet
Basil Papademos b. 1957 erotica Mount Royal
Aaron Paquette young adult literature, fantasy Lightfinder
Arleen Paré poet, novelist Paper Trails, Leaving Now, Lake of Two Mountains
Erna Paris literary non-fiction Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History
Gilbert Parker 1862-1932 novelist The Seats of the Mighty, The Lane that Had No Turning
Kevin Patterson b. 1964 novelist, memoirist Country of Cold, Consumption, The Water in Between
Michael Patterson
Raymond M. Patterson
Philip Kevin Paul poet Taking the Names Down from the Hill, Little Hunger
Soraya Peerbaye poet, dramatist Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, Tell
Francine Pelletier science fiction, young adult literature
Karleen Pendleton Jiménez b. 1971 children's, memoirist, academic Are You a Boy or a Girl?, How to Get a Girl Pregnant
Louise Penny b. 1958 mysteries Still Life, A Fatal Grace, The Cruelest Month
H. R. Percy 1920-1997 novelist, short stories Painted Ladies
Susan Perly novelist, short stories Love Street, Death Valley
Len Peterson
Geneviève Pettersen novelist, blogger La déesse des mouches à feu
Wendy Phillips children's literature Fishtailing
Lorne Pierce 1890–1961 literary critic
Joseph Jomo Pierre playwright Shakespeare's Nigga
Joseph Pivato b. 1946- literary critic Echo: Essays on Other Literature
Michel Pleau b. 1964 poet La lenteur du monde, La traversée de la nuit
Casey Plett short stories A Safe Girl to Love
Craig Poile poet First Crack, True Concessions
Daniel Poliquin
Sharon Pollock b. 1936
Michael Poole non-fiction Romancing Mary Jane
Liza Potvin b. 1958 non-fiction White Lies (for my mother)
Jacques Poulin b. 1937 novelist Volkswagen Blues
Christine Pountney b. 1971 novelist Last Chance Texaco
Joël Pourbaix b. 1958 poet Le mal du pays est un art oublié
B.W. Powe philosopher A Canada of Light
Kerry Lee Powell poet, short stories The Inheritance, Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush
E. J. Pratt 1883–1964 poet
Steven Price poet, novelist Anatomy of Keys, Into That Darkness
Robert Priest poet
Kate Pullinger novels, experimental/online fiction The Mistress of Nothing
Al Purdy 1918-2000 poet
Andrew Pyper b. 1968 novelist Lost Girls, The Trade Mission


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley young adult literature Skraelings, How Things Came to Be
Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley young adult literature Skraelings, How Things Came to Be
Darlene Quaife b. 1948 novelist Bone Bird
Andy Quan b. 1969 novelist Calendar Boy, Slant, Six Positions
Paul Quarrington 1953–2009 novelist, screenwriter Whale Music, King Leary
Meredith Quartermain b. 1950 poet, fiction Vancouver Walking, Recipes from the Red Planet
Pascale Quiviger b. 1969 novelist Le Cercle parfait


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Tom Rachman novelist The Imperfectionists
Thomas Head Raddall 1903–1994 novelist The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek, At the Tide's Turn and Other Stories
Kenneth Radu novelist, poet, short stories The Cost of Living, Distant Relations, A Private Performance
Nasrin Rahimieh living Persian literature Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural Heritage
Gurcharan Rampuri
Edeet Ravel b. 1955 novelist A Wall of Light, Ten Thousand Lovers
Angela Rawlings
Mark A. Rayner
James Reaney 1926–2008 poet, playwright The Red Heart, A Suit of Nettles, Colours in the Dark, Black Donnelly's
Duke Redbird b. 1939 poet, academic, journalist
Michael Redhill novelist, short stories Martin Sloane
Iain Reid novelist, memoirist The Truth About Luck
Gayla Reid
Raziel Reid young adult novelist When Everything Feels Like the Movies
Stephen Reid memoirist, novelist Jack Rabbit Parole
Kati Rekai b. 1921 The Adventures of Mickey, Taggy, Puppo, and Cica and How They Discover Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Budapest, Vienna, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece
Shane Rhodes poet The Holding Pattern, The Bindery
François Ricard b. 1947 biographer, essayist La littérature contre elle-même, Gabrielle Roy, une vie
Nino Ricci b. 1959 novelist Lives of the Saints
David Adams Richards b. 1950 novelist The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Mercy Among the Children, Nights Below Station Street
Evelyn M. Richardson 1902–1976 novelist Desired Haven
John Richardson 1796–1852 novelist Wacousta
Edward Riche b. 1961 novelist, screenwriter Rare Birds
Daniel Richler b. 1957 novelist, journalist Kicking Tomorrow
Emma Richler b. 1961 novelist, short stories Sister Crazy, Feed My Dear Dogs
Jacob Richler journalist
Mordecai Richler 1931–2001 novelist The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now, Barney's Version
Nancy Richler b. 1957 novelist Your Mouth Is Lovely, The Impostor Bride
Noah Richler journalist This Is My Country, What's Yours?, What We Talk About When We Talk About War
Tanis Rideout poet, novelist Above All Things
Sharon Riis b. 1947 novelist, short stories, screenwriter The True Story of Ida Johnson, Savage Messiah
Ringuet (Phillipe Panneton) 1895–1960 novelist Thirty Acres
Charles Ritchie 1906–1995 diarist An Appetite for Life, The Siren Years
Thomas Beattie Roberton 1879-1936 journalist, critic TBR: Newspaper Pieces
Charles G.D. Roberts 1860–1943 poet, novelist The Tantramar Revisited, The Iceberg
Ken Roberts
Paul William Roberts
Bill Robertson screenwriter The Events Leading Up to My Death, Apartment Hunting
Lisa Robertson poet
Margaret Murray Robertson 1823–1897 novelist
Eden Robinson novelist
J. Jill Robinson b. 1955 short stories, creative non-fiction Lovely in Her Bones, Residual Desire
Peter Robinson b. 1950 mystery
Harriet A. Roche 1835—1921 pioneer, traveler On Trek in the Transvaal
Ajmer Rode poet, playwright, translator
Spider Robinson b. 1948 science fiction, humorist Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
Richard Rohmer b. 1924
Ian Rogers b. 1976 supernatural and horror fiction Every House Is Haunted
Linda Rogers
Leon Rooke b. 1934 novelist Shakespeare's Dog
Patrick Roscoe novelist, short stories Birthmarks, God's Peculiar Care
Rachel Rose b. 1970 poet Song and Spectacle
Simon Rose science fiction and fantasy novelist The Alchemist's Portrait, Sorcerer's Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy
Rebecca Rosenblum b. 1978 short stories Once
Leonard Rosmarin novelist
Sinclair Ross 1908–1996 short stories, novelist As for Me and My House Sawbones Memorial
Nancy-Gay Rotstein poet, novelist
Jeffrey Round poet, mysteries The P-Town Murders, Death in Key West, Lake on the Mountain
André Roy b. 1944 poet, critic Action writing
Gabrielle Roy 1909–1983 novelist The Tin Flute, Children of My Heart
Holley Rubinsky b. 1943 novelist, short stories At First I Hope For Rescue, Rapid Transits and Other Stores, Beyond This Point
Jane Rule 1931–2007 novelist Desert of the Heart
Alexei Maxim Russell b. 1976 novelist Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective
Elizabeth Ruth b.1968 novelist Smoke
Garry Ryan mysteries, historical fiction The Lucky Elephant Restaurant, Malabarista, Blackbirds
George Ryga 1932–1987 playwright and novelist The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
Geoff Ryman


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Michelle Sagara fantasy
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard playwright Gas Girls, A Man A Fish
Rodney Saint-Éloi poet Jacques Roche, je t'écris cette lettre, Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé
Kerri Sakamoto novelist The Electrical Field
Trish Salah poet Wanting in Arabic
G. Herbert Sallans 1895–1960 novelist Little Man
Rick Salutin b. 1942 columnist, novelist A Man of Little Faith
Laura G. Salverson 1890–1970 novelist The Dark Weaver
Shelly Sanders b. 1964 novelist, journalist The Rachel Trilogy
Robyn Sarah b. 1949 poetry, short stories Promise of Shelter, My Shoes Are Killing Me
Mairuth Sarsfield 1925-2013 novelist No Crystal Stair
Jocelyne Saucier b. 1948 novelist Il pleuvait des oiseaux
John Ralston Saul b. 1947 essayist, philosopher The Unconscious Civilization
Gloria Sawai 1932–2011 short stories, novelist A Song for Nettie Johnson
Robert J. Sawyer b. 1960 science fiction The Neanderthal Parallax, Calculating God, Flashforward, Rollback
Alan Scarfe, pseudonym Clanash Farjeon b. 1946 novelist A Handbook for Attendants on the Insane: the autobiography of Jack the Ripper as revealed to Clanash Farjeon, The Vampires of Ciudad Juarez, The Vampires of 9/11, Vampires of the Holy Spirit
Jacob Scheier b. 1980 poet More to Keep Us Warm
Libby Scheier 1946–2000 poet, short stories Kaddish for My Father, Saints & Runners
Diane Schoemperlen b. 1954 novelist In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion
Stephen Scobie b. 1943 poet McAlmon's Chinese Opera
Anakana Schofield novelist Malarky
Adam Lewis Schroeder novelist, short stories In the Fabled East
Andreas Schroeder
Gregory Scofield b. 1966 poet The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel
Chris Scott b. 1945 novelist Antichthon, Jack
Duncan Campbell Scott 1862–1947 poet In the Village of Viger
Frank Scott 1899–1985 poet
Gail Scott b. 1945 novelist, essayist My Paris, The Obituary, Biting the Error
Richard Scrimger children's writer, novelist
Djanet Sears playwright The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God
Benjamin Sehene b. 1959 novelist, essayist, political writer
Sarah Selecky short stories This Cake Is for the Party
Bev Sellars memoirist They Called Me Number One
Shyam Selvadurai novelist Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens
Bruce Serafin d. 2007 creative non-fiction Stardust
Robert W. Service 1874–1958 poet The Cremation of Sam McGee, The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Ernest Thompson Seton 1860–1946
Mark Shainblum
Leanne Shapton graphic novelist Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry
Sarah Sheard
Murphy O. Shewchuk b. 1943 writer, photographer Okanagan Trips and Trails - 2006, Coquihalla Trips and Trails - 2007, Cariboo Trips and Trails - 2008
Francis Sherman 1871–1926 poet
Valerie Sherrard children's and young adult literature The Glory Wind
Carol Shields 1935–2003 novelist, short stories The Stone Diaries, Larry's Party
Erin Shields playwright If We Were Birds
Aki Shimazaki
Vivek Shraya b. 1981 short stories God Loves Hair
Maggie Siggins historian, biographies Riel
Antanas Sileika
Ana Siljak historian Angel of Vengeance: The Girl Assassin, the Governor of St. Petersburg and Russia's Revolutionary World
Makeda Silvera The Heart Does Not Bend
Louise Simard
Bren Simmers b. 1976 poet Night Gears
Merilyn Simonds creative non-fiction, novelist, short stories, memoirist The Convict Lover, The Valour and the Horror, The Paradise Project
Colin Simpson
Andy Sinclair novelist, short stories Breathing Lessons
Jaspreet Singh
Mark Sinnett novelist, poet, short stories The Landing, The Border Guards, The Carnivore
George Sipos memoirist, poet The Geography of Arrival, Anything But the Moon
Johanna Skibsrud b. 1980 novelist, poet The Sentimentalists
Marsha Skrypuch b. 1954 young adult, children's fiction, narrative non-fiction Making Bombs for Hitler, Stolen Child, Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War
Josef Skvorecky 1924–2012 novelist, essayist The Engineer of Human Souls
Joshua Slocum 1844–1909
Carolyn Smart poet Hooked
Elizabeth Smart 1913–1986 By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Jean Edward Smith
Michael V. Smith novelist Cumberland
Neil Smith short stories Bang Crunch
Russell Smith b. 1963 journalist, novelist How Insensitive, Muriella Pent
Carrie Snyder short stories Hair Hat, The Juliet Stories
Mary Soderstrom novelist, short stories, non-fiction The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs' Streets and Beyond
Caro Soles mystery, science fiction, fantasy, erotica Drag Queen in the Court of Death
Evan Solomon b. 1968 journalist, novelist Crossing the Distance
Madeline Sonik
J. Dewey Soper 1893–1982 naturalist
Carolyn Marie Souaid b. 1959 poet, editor Swimming into the Light, Blood is Blood
Gaétan Soucy b. 1958 novelist L'Immaculée conception, La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes
Raymond Souster b. 1921 poet
Esta Spalding
Linda Spalding The Follow,The Purchase
Rae Spoon songwriter, short stories First Spring Grass Fire
Birk Sproxton 1943-2007
Eva Stachniak b. 1952 novelist Necessary Lies, The Winter Garden
Edna Staebler 1906–2006 journalist, Mennonite cooking Food That Really Schmecks cookbook series
Harold Standish 1919–1972 poet, novelist
Robert Stead 1880–1959 novelist, poet Grain
John Steffler b. 1947 poet, novelist The Afterlife of George Cartwright
Fred Stenson
Arran Stephens The Compassionate Diet
Richard Stevenson
Shannon Stewart poet, children's literature
Walter Stewart 1941–2004 journalist, editor
Bill Stilwell
Kathy Stinson
Cassie Stocks novelist Dance, Gladys, Dance
Aryeh Lev Stollman novelist, short stories The Far Euphrates, The Illuminated Soul
Anne Stone Indelible
Allan Stratton b. 1951 playwright
Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer screenwriter, novelist
Cordelia Strube novelist, dramatist Alex & Zee, Teaching Pigs to Sing, Lemon
Alan Sullivan 1868–1947 poet, novelist Three Came to Ville Marie
Moez Surani poet Reticent Bodies
Joel A. Sutherland novelist, short stories Frozen Blood
David Suzuki b. 1936 scientist, writer, environmental activist, television host The Sacred Balance, Genethics, The Legacy: An Elder's vision for a sustainable future
Mary Swan novelist, short stories The Boys in the Trees
Susan Swan
Anna Swanson poet The Nights Also
Robert Sward
Margaret Sweatman b. 1953 novelist Fox, The Players
George Swede
Alastair Sweeny
Guy Sylvestre journalist, critic
Harry L. Symons 1892-1962 novelist, humorist Ojibway Melody
Scott Symons 1933-2009 novelist, journalist Place d'Armes, Civic Square
Shawn Syms b. 1970 journalist, short stories Nothing Looks Familiar
Anne Szumigalski 1922–1999 poet Voice


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Proma Tagore poet, editor, literary critic language is not the only thing that breaks
Kenneth Tam b. 1984 novelist Defense Command, His Majesty's New World, The Champions, Equation Series
Mariko Tamaki short fiction, plays, graphic novelist Skim, Fake ID, (You) Set Me on Fire
Shelley Tanaka editor, children's non-fiction Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator, On Board the Titanic
Jordan Tannahill playwright Bravislovia, rihannaboi95, Late Company
Cheryl Kaye Tardif b. 1963 novelist, short stories, non-fiction Whale Song, The River, Divine Intervention, Skeletons in the Closet, Lancelot's Lady (writing as Cherish D'Angelo)
Jules-Paul Tardivel
Gladys Taylor 1917-2015 novelist, memoirist, newspaper editor Pine Roots, The King Tree, Alone in the Australian Outback, Alone in the Boardroom
Timothy Taylor novelist, short stories Stanley Park
Ningeokuluk Teevee b. 1963 children's literature Alego
Wayne Tefs 1947-2014
Charles Templeton 1915–2001
John Terpstra poet
Bill Terry non-fiction, gardening Blue Heaven
Souvankham Thammavongsa b. 1978 poet Small Arguments, Light
Yasuko Thanh novelist, short stories Floating Like the Dead
Denis Thériault
Yves Thériault 1915–1983 novelist, short stories Agaguk, Ashini, Aaron, La Fille laide
Sharon Thesen b. 1946 poet The Good Bacteria
Serge Patrice Thibodeau b. 1959 poet Le Quatuor de l'errance, La Traversée du désert, Seul on est, Le cycle de Prague
Madeleine Thien short stories, novelist Simple Recipes, Certainty, Dogs at the Perimeter
Audrey Thomas b. 1935 novelist Songs My Mother Taught Me, Coming Down from Wa
Joan Thomas novelist Reading by Lighting, Curiosity, The Opening Sky
John Thompson
Peggy Thompson screenwriter The Lotus Eaters, Better Than Chocolate
Jan Thornhill b. 1955 children's literature, science I Found a Dead Bird, The Wildlife ABC
Elizabeth Thornton
Russell Thornton poet House Built of Rain, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain
Kim Thúy b. 1968 novelist Ru
Miriam Toews novelist A Complicated Kindness, Irma Voth, All My Puny Sorrows
Morley Torgov b. 1927
Lola Lemire Tostevin
Matthew J. Trafford short stories The Divinity Gene
Catharine Parr Traill 1802–1899 memoirist Life in the Backwoods of Canada
Rhea Tregebov b. 1953 poet Remembering History
Lise Tremblay
Michel Tremblay b. 1942 playwright Les Belles-soeurs
Sylvain Trudel novelist
Stuart Trueman 1911-1995 journalist, humorist, historian You're Only as Old as You Act
Karen X. Tulchinsky novelist, screenwriter The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, Love Ruins Everything, In Her Nature
Élise Turcotte
Pierre Turgeon b. 1947 novelist, historian, essayist, scenarist, journalist, publisher The First Person, Sweet Poison, Oberon Press 1983
Chris Turner b. 1973 non-fiction Planet Simpson, The Geography of Hope
Michael Turner novelist, songwriter American Whiskey Bar, Hard Core Logo


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Marie Uguay 1955–1981 poet Signe et rumeur
Priscilla Uppal b. 1974 poet, novelist The Divine Economy of Salvation
Jane Urquhart b. 1949 novelist Away, The Stone Carvers
Geoffrey Ursell b. 1943 novelist, playwright, poet Perdue, or How the West Was Lost, Saskatoon Pie
David UU (David W. Harris) 1948–1994 visual poet Chopped Liver


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
W. D. Valgardson b. 1939 novelist, poet, short stories The Girl with the Botticelli Face, Bloodflowers: Ten Stories
Pierre Vallières 1938–1998 political essayist Les Nègres blancs d'Amérique
Edo Van Belkom b. 1962 horror Army of the Dead, Wyrm Wolf
Richard Van Camp b. 1971 novelist, short stories, children's literature The Lesser Blessed
Guy Vanderhaeghe b. 1951 novelist, short stories The Englishman's Boy, The Last Crossing
Aritha Van Herk b. 1954 novelist Judith, No Fixed Address
A. E. van Vogt 1912–2000 science fiction Children of Tomorrow, Empire of the Atom
Jean Vanier b. 1928 theologian Becoming Human
M. G. Vassanji b. 1950- novelist The Book of Secrets, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
R. M. Vaughan novelist, poet A Quilted Heart, Spells
Guillermo Verdecchia b. 1962 playwright Insomnia, The Noam Chomsky Lectures
Robert Verdun non-fiction, investigative reporting The Fox in Charge of the Biggest Henhouse in Canada
Paul Vermeersch b. 1973 poet Burn
Katherena Vermette poet, children's literature North End Love Songs
Gilles Vigneault b. 1928 poet, storyteller, singer-songwriter Mon pays, La manikoutai, Il en est passé
Margaret Visser philosopher The Geometry of Love, Beyond Fate
Élisabeth Vonarburg b. 1947 science fiction Chroniques du pays des mères
Garth Von Buchholz b. 1968 poetry, dramatist, dark fiction, non-fiction Mad Shadows, Land of Milk and Honey, The Songs of Songs, 13 Dark Poems
Dan Vyleta b. 1974 novelist, historian Pavel & I, The Quiet Twin


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Marie Wadden non-fiction Where the Pavement Ends, Nitassinan
Richard Wagamese b. 1955 novelist Indian Horse, Medicine Walk
Colleen Wagner b. 1949 playwright The Monument
Fred Wah b. 1939 poet, novelist Loki is Buried at Smoky Creek, Waiting for Saskatchewan
David Walker 1911–1992 novelist The Pillar, Digby
Joan Walker novelist Pardon My Parka, Repent at Leisure
Bronwen Wallace 1945–1989 poet, short stories Signs of the Former Tenant, People You'd Trust Your Life To
Frederick William Wallace 1886–1958 journalist, novelist Wooden Ships and Iron Men
Tom Walmsley b. 1948 novelist, dramatist, poet Doctor Tin
Eric Walters b. 1957 novelist Safe As Houses, Shattered, Camp X, Run
John Leigh Walters creative non-fiction A Very Capable Life
Russell Wangersky novelist, short stories, journalist The Hour of Bad Decisions, Burning Down the House, The Glass Harmonica
Ryan Ward screenwriter Son of the Sunshine
Sabrina Ward Harrison b. 1975 spirituality, self-help Spilling Open
Dianne Warren b. 1950 playwright, novelist, short stories Serpent in the Night Sky, Club Chernobyl, Cool Water
David Watmough b. 1926 playwright, novelist, short stories Names for the Numbered Years, The Time of Kingfishers
Sheila Watson 1909–1998 novelist The Double Hook
Alison Watt b. 1957 creative non-fiction, poet The Last Island
Thomas Waugh b. 1948 academic, art and film historian Out/Lines: Underground Gay Graphics From Before Stonewall, Lust Unearthed: Vintage Gay Graphics from the DuBek Collection
Alison Wearing b. 1967 travel Honeymoon in Purdah
Barry Webster b. 1961 novels, short stories; magic realism The Sound of All Flesh, The Lava in My Bones
John Weier b. 1949 poet Stand the Sacred Tree
Steve Weiner novelist The Museum of Love
William Weintraub
Helen Weinzweig 1915-2010 novelist, short stories Basic Black with Pearls, A View from the Roof
Merrily Weisbord journalist The Love Queen of Malabar, The Valour and the Horror
Elizabeth Wellburn children's literature Echoes From the Square
Zachariah Wells b. 1976 poet, critic Fool's Errand, Unsettled
Andrew Westoll science, travel, non-fiction The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary
Robert Paul Weston b. 1975 poet, children's literature Zorgamazoo, Dust City
Michael Wex b. 1954 novelist, playwright, non-fiction The Adventures of Micah Mushmelon, Boy Talmudist
Dawud Wharnsby b. 1972 poet, songwriter Nasheed Artist
Thomas Wharton b. 1963 novelist Salamander, Icefields
Sherry White screenwriter Crackie, Down to the Dirt
William Whitehead b. 1931 documentarian, memoirist Words to Live By
Zoe Whittall
Rudy Wiebe b. 1934 novelist A Discovery of Strangers, The Temptations of Big Bear
Helen Waldstein Wilkes creative non-fiction Letters from the Lost
Fred Williams 1863-1944 journalism, history The Canadian Book of Days
Alan R. Wilson novels, poetry Before the Flood
Douglas Wilson 1950-1992 novelist, poet Labour of Love
Eric Wilson b. 1940 mysteries Tom Austen Series (9 books), Liz Austen Series (6 books), Tom and Liz Austen Series (5 books)
Ethel Wilson 1888–1980 novelist Swamp Angel, Hetty Dorval, The Window
John Wilson b. 1951 historical fiction Four Steps to Death, Flames of the Tiger, And in the Morning
Jonathan Wilson playwright My Own Private Oshawa, Kilt
Robert Charles Wilson b. 1953 science fiction Julian Comstock, A Story of 22nd. America, Darwinia, Axis, Spin
Sheri-D Wilson poet, playwright The Sweet Taste of Lightning, Boy Wonder
Carol Windley b. 1947 novelist, short stories Home Schooling
Rob Winger poet Muybridge's Horse
Kathleen Winter novelist, short stories Boys, Annabel
Michael Winter b. 1965 novelist This All Happened, The Big Why
Kari-Lynn Winters b. 1969 children's literature, dramatist Jeffrey and Sloth, On My Walk
Adele Wiseman 1928–1992 novelist, poet The Sacrifice, Old Women at Play
Alan Woo children's literature, poet, short stories Maggie's Chopsticks
Jaime Woo non-fiction Meet Grindr
George Woodcock 1912–1995 poet, critic Anarchism, The Crystal Spirit
Susan Wood 1948–1980 critic (Canadian literature, science fiction, children's literature), professor, science fiction fan Energumen; criticism
Marnie Woodrow b. 1969 novelist Spelling Mississippi
Lance Woolaver b. 1948 poet, playwright World Without Shadows, Lord Strange
Eric Wright b. 1929 mysteries The Night the Gods Smiled, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man
J. F. C. Wright 1904–1970 journalist, historian Slava Bohu, Saskatchewan: The History of a Province
L. R. Wright 1939–2001 mysteries The Suspect, Strangers Among Us
Richard B. Wright b. 1937 novelist Clara Callan
Tim Wynne-Jones b. 1948 novelist, children's literature Some of the Kinder Planets, Mischief City, The Maestro
Tim Wynveen novelist Angel Falls, Sweeter Life, Balloon


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Xiaowen Zeng journalist, short stories


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Joel Yanofsky novelist Jacob's Ladder
Pierre Yergeau b. 1957 novelist L'écrivain public
Ying Chen b. 1961 novelist L'ingratitude, Immobile
Jean Yoon poet, playwright The Yoko Ono Project
Alissa York b. 1970 novelist, short stories Effigy
Elwy Yost 1925-2011 mysteries White Shadows
Graham Yost b. 1959 screenwriter Speed
David Young b. 1946 novelist, playwright Inexpressible Island, Glenn
d'bi young poet, playwright blood.claat: one womban story
Ian Young b. 1945 poetry, non-fiction, journalist The Gay Muse, The Male Homosexual in Literature
Scott Young 1918–2005 biographer, sportswriter, mysteries A Writer's Life, Murder in a Cold Climate


Name Lifetime Genre Notable works
Eve Zaremba b. 1930 mysteries A Reason to Kill, The Butterfly Effect
Robert Zend 1929-1985 poet, fiction, multimedia artist Daymares, Oāb
David Zieroth b. 1946 poet How I Joined Humanity at Last, The Fly in Autumn
Larry Zolf 1934 - 2011 journalist Survival of the Fattest: An Irreverent View of the Senate, Scorpions for Sale
Rachel Zolf poet Human Resources, Masque
Carolyn Zonailo b. 1947 poet The Taste of Giving: New & Selected Poems
Jan Zwicky b. 1955 poet, essayist Songs for Relinquishing the Earth

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