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Mark Leiren-Young,

Mark Leiren-Young

I tell stories. Really cool stories. Sometimes I get to make them up. Sometimes I get to ask people questions and tell their stories. Wanna tell me a story?

Favourite book
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Six-word memoir
Write to live, live to write.


  • Has written two comic memoirs, including Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo, which won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
  • Journalism has appeared in TIME, Maclean’s, the Hollywood Reporter, the Walrus and the Vancouver Sun, where he has had the chance to interview everyone from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie
  • The 2015 writer-in-residence at the University of Victoria
  • Was once described as “a more polite, eco-friendly Hunter S. Thompson” — what more is there to say?

Deepest fear
Letting people down.