“Every story,” says Cary Fagan, “tries to put into words something for which there are no words.”

Cary is the author of six novels and three story collections, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include The Student, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and the Toronto Book Award, A Bird’s Eye, a finalist for the Roger Trust Fiction Prize, and The Animals’ Waltz, winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award. His short stories have been published in Geist, CNQ, The New Quarterly, and Best Canadian Stories. 

His latest book, Water, Water, is an unforgettable middle-grade novel illustrated by Jon McNaught. Fagan tells the story of Rafe, who upon waking one morning finds that his bedroom is floating in a vast sea of water. He is alone with only his dog for company, and he must adapt to this strange new water world by fishing necessities out of the water and watching things – and people – float past. After he fishes a young girl out of the water, they face the uncertain future together despite not speaking the same language.


Appearing in:

WS1. Writing a Great Picture Book


Website: https://www.caryfagan.com/about

Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/659519/water-water-by-cary-fagan-illustrations-by-jon-mcnaught/


Past Festival Appearances

2019: Authors@School, 13. Two Authors, Two Women, Two Flights: Fiction