Will Ferguson

Award-Winning Novelist and Travel Writer

Will Ferguson is as Canadian as canoes and hockey. The hilarious author of numerous acclaimed books, including Canadian History for Dummies, How To Be a Canadian, and even (counter-intuitively) Why I Hate Canadians, Ferguson wears his nationalism on his sleeve, peppering all of his work with the sidesplitting observations and insights he’s known for.

A former columnist for Maclean’s, Ferguson’s writing also includes the novels Happiness, a comedic tale about a self-help book that actually works (and thereby ruins the world), and his Giller Prize-winning book, 419, a sobering tale about the dangerous world of internet scams.

Also a travel writer, his journeys include an end-to-end hitchhiking trip across Japan; a 600-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain; and a series of cross-Canada jaunts. His next book, Road Trip Rwanda, will be published in September, 2015.

A three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Ferguson has been published in 21 languages around the world and has been nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Award twice, and for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He has also received the prestigious Pierre Berton Award from Canada’s National History Society.

My Discovery of Canada

How a kid from the north learned to embrace his inner Canadian.

The World of Internet scams

How research for the Giller Prize winning novel 419 opened up a dark world.

Travel Writing vs. Fiction

How two worlds meet.