Will Ferguson


Born
in Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada
October 12, 1964

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Will Ferguson is an award-winning travel writer and novelist. His last work of fiction, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His new novel, The Shoe on the Roof, will be released October 17, 2017. Visit him at WillFerguson.ca

Ferguson studied film production and screenwriting at York University in Toronto, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1990. He joined the Japan Exchange Teachers Programme (JET) soon after and spent five years in Asia. He married his wife Terumi in Kumamoto, Japan, in 1995. They now live in Calgary with their two sons. After coming back from Japan he exper
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419

3.62 avg rating — 11,575 ratings — published 2012 — 16 editions
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Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hit...

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Happiness

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How to Be a Canadian

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Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw:...

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The Shoe on the Roof

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Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey...

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Why I Hate Canadians

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Beyond Belfast: A 560 Mile ...

3.73 avg rating — 533 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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Spanish Fly

3.84 avg rating — 526 ratings — published 2007
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“The two most important phrases in the human language are "If only" and "Maybe someday". Our past mistakes and our unrequited longings. The things we regret and the things we yearn for. That's what makes us who we are.”
Will Ferguson, Happiness

“Many Canadian nationalists harbour the bizarre fear that should we ever reject royalty, we would instantly mutate into Americans, as though the Canadian sense of self is so frail and delicate a bud, that the only thing stopping it from being swallowed whole by the US is an English lady in a funny hat.”
Will Ferguson

“Obviously, he needed to kill Bubba, but how? The man was a trained prison guard twice his size. The tax auditors had been easy. Mr. Ethics had slapped them to death with their own attaché cases. And even then, his neighbours had chipped in to help him hide the bodies. "A tax auditor, you say? No problem. Let me get my spade.”
Will Ferguson, Happiness

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