Linden MacIntyre grew up in a small, isolated town. To stave off boredom “I read a lot of fiction … at an early age I developed a fascination with the business of writing. I always thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be remarkable to be one of those people who could write a book?’ . . . You create people, you create worlds, you create reality around you. And it never crossed my mind that I could be one of those people because those people came from bigger, more sophisticated places.”

For 24 years he was the co-host of CBC’s award-wining the fifth estate. Linden’s bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award, and his memoir of his boyhood, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a national bestseller, and won both the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year.

His most recent novel, The Only Café, is a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past, if left unexamined, shadows every moment of the present.

Linden lives in Toronto with his wife, fellow journalist and KWF author Carol Off.

Appearing in: 25. Reading Men: Books (and Beer!)