“For me, the strongest draw of fiction is to give the reader a semblance of living through compelling events in the thoughts and skins of fascinating people,” says Alan Cumyn. “I want to have done all the hard work of breaking down the barriers so that it is easy for me to immerse myself in other lives and worlds.”

In Alan’s new novel, North to Benjamin, we live the experience of Edgar, a shy but resourceful boy trying to find his balance as a newcomer to Dawson City. A perpetual outsider with a charismatic and unstable mother, Edgar finds himself able to speak only to dogs — an affliction that coincides with the most dangerous episode of his life.

The author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels for both adults and children, Alan’s work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize, and the Trillium Award, and he has twice won the Ottawa Book Award. In 2016 he received the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Vicky Metcalf Award for his exceptional body of work in young people’s literature.

Appearing in: Authors@School, 12. Visual Literacy: Using Images to Enrich Your Writing

Website: www.alancumyn.com
Book: www.simonandschuster.ca/books/North-to-Benjamin/Alan-Cumyn