The second largest country in the world, Canada has a rich cultural heritage being inhabited by diverse aboriginal groups, the French and the English. The influence of the country’s diversity is remarkably visible in its literature. The country has produced some of the greatest novelists of all time. A list of these famous Canadian novelists will be incomplete without the mention of Margaret Atwood, who wrote the Man Booker Prize winning ‘Blind Assassin’ and Michael Ondaatje whose award winning novel ‘The English Patient’ was adapted into a film. The movie also won an Academy Award. Ondaatje’s other work ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ became the most taught book in the country. Another notable novelist from the country is Robertson Davies who has the distinction of earning as many as twenty three honorary degrees. Stephen Leacock is a famous Canadian humor novelist whose works have stood the test of time and are adored by readers even after a century of being published. We bring to you a collection of biographies on some of most the famous Canadian novelists. Read on to know more about their life stories, timeline and achievements. You will also find some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934
Singer-songwriter
Justine MuskJustine Musk
02 September 1972
Author, Elon Musk’s Ex-wife

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood
18 November 1939
Writer, Environmental Activist

Lucy Maud MontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery
30 November 1874
Author

William GibsonWilliam Gibson
17 March 1948
Speculative Fiction Writer

Louise PennyLouise Penny
01 July 1958
Novelist, Writer
Michael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatje
12 September 1943
Canadian poet

Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer

Robertson DaviesRobertson Davies
28 August 1913
Author and Journalist
Stefan MolyneuxStefan Molyneux
24 September 1966
Philosopher, Writer, Novelist, Podcaster, YouTuber

James DoohanJames Doohan
03 March 1920
Screenwriter, Television actor, Film actor, Actor,
Meg TillyMeg Tilly
14 February 1960
Actress

Meg TillyMeg Tilly
14 February 1960
Actress

Victoria PrattVictoria Pratt
18 December 1970
Actress

Mark SteynMark Steyn
08 December 1959
Writer

Yann MartelYann Martel
25 June 1963
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter
Janette OkeJanette Oke
18 February 1935
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Grey OwlGrey Owl
18 September 1888
Writer, Novelist

Michael IgnatieffMichael Ignatieff
12 May 1947
Journalist, Historian, Politician, Novelist,

Steven EriksonSteven Erikson
07 October 1959
Anthropologist, Writer
Farley MowatFarley Mowat
12 May 1921
Writer

Douglas CouplandDouglas Coupland
30 December 1961
Writer, Sculptor, Novelist, Artist, Designer,
Guy Gavriel KayGuy Gavriel Kay
07 November 1954
Lawyer, Writer

Adrienne ClarksonAdrienne Clarkson
10 February 1939
26th Governor General of Canada

Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry
03 July 1952
Writer
Arthur HaileyArthur Hailey
05 April 1920
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter

Mordecai RichlerMordecai Richler
27 January 1931
Screenwriter, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer
Ross MacdonaldRoss Macdonald
13 December 1915
Author

Nellie McClungNellie McClung
20 October 1873
Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights

Margaret LaurenceMargaret Laurence
18 July 1926
Novelist, Writer, Children's writer
W. P. KinsellaW. P. Kinsella
25 May 1935
Author

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Ed GreenwoodEd Greenwood
1959 AD
writer, science fiction writer
Kelley ArmstrongKelley Armstrong
14 December 1968
Novelist, Writer

Evan SolomonEvan Solomon
20 April 1968
Novelist

Charles TempletonCharles Templeton
07 October 1915
Journalist

John Ralston SaulJohn Ralston Saul
19 June 1947
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer
Susanna MoodieSusanna Moodie
06 December 1803
Author
Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
12 March 1835
Astronomer, Mathematician, Economist, Novelist,

Robert J. SawyerRobert J. Sawyer
29 April 1960
Science fiction writer, Screenwriter, Writer

Miriam ToewsMiriam Toews
21 May 1964
writer

Linwood BarclayLinwood Barclay
22 March 1955
Writer
Joseph BoydenJoseph Boyden
31 October 1966
Novelist

Paul AlmondPaul Almond
26 April 1931
Television Director

Spider RobinsonSpider Robinson
24 November 1948
Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer

Patrick deWittPatrick deWitt
1975 AD
novelist, writer

Charles de LintCharles de Lint
22 December 1951
Novelist, Writer, Poet, Musician
Gordon R. DicksonGordon R. Dickson
01 November 1923
Author

Dany LaferrièreDany Laferrière
13 April 1953
Novelist
Gabrielle RoyGabrielle Roy
22 March 1909
Writer, Novelist

Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922
Writer

Tanya HuffTanya Huff
26 September 1957
writer, science fiction writer
Alistair MacLeodAlistair MacLeod
20 July 1936
Writer, Novelist, University teacher

Hugh MacLennanHugh MacLennan
20 March 1907
Author
Steven CojocaruSteven Cojocaru
04 July 1962
Writer, Professor, Novelist, Literary critic

Mazo de la RocheMazo de la Roche
15 January 1879
Author

Kenneth OppelKenneth Oppel
31 August 1967
Writer, Science fiction writer, Children's writer

Steven GallowaySteven Galloway
13 July 1975
Novelist

Morley CallaghanMorley Callaghan
22 February 1903
Lawyer, Writer, Journalist
Nancy HustonNancy Huston
16 September 1953
Novelist

Nelly ArcanNelly Arcan
05 March 1973
Novelist

André AlexisAndré Alexis
15 January 1957
Novelist, Children's writer

Anne MichaelsAnne Michaels
15 April 1958
Poet
Alden NowlanAlden Nowlan
25 January 1933
Novelist

Sarah MlynowskiSarah Mlynowski
04 January 1977
Writer, Children's writer
June CallwoodJune Callwood
02 June 1924
Journalist

Earle BirneyEarle Birney
13 May 1904
Poet

Anne HébertAnne Hébert
01 August 1916
Author
György FaludyGyörgy Faludy
22 September 1910
Poet

Susan MusgraveSusan Musgrave
12 March 1951
Poet
Marie-Claire BlaisMarie-Claire Blais
05 October 1939
Writer

Sinclair RossSinclair Ross
22 January 1908
Banker

John RichardsonJohn Richardson
04 October 1796
Novelist
Frederick Philip GroveFrederick Philip Grove
14 February 1879
Novelist

James Archibald HoustonJames Archibald Houston
12 June 1921
Artist
Ralph ConnorRalph Connor
13 September 1860
Novelist

Germaine GuèvremontGermaine Guèvremont
16 April 1893
Writer

John GlasscoJohn Glassco
15 December 1909
Poet

James De MilleJames De Mille
23 August 1833
Professor
Isabella Valancy CrawfordIsabella Valancy Crawford
25 September 1846
Writer
Louis-Honoré FréchetteLouis-Honoré Fréchette
16 November 1839
Poet

Thomas KingThomas King
24 April 1943
Writer

Audrey ThomasAudrey Thomas
17 November 1935
Author

Philippe-Joseph Aubert de GaspéPhilippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé
30 October 1786
French-Canadian author
Yves ThériaultYves Thériault
27 November 1915
Author

Max BraithwaiteMax Braithwaite
07 December 1911
Aauthor

Jack LudwigJack Ludwig
30 August 1922
Novelist

Sven DelblancSven Delblanc
26 May 1931
Author

Susan GoyetteSusan Goyette
04 April 1964
Poet
Matt CohenMatt Cohen
30 December 1942
Writer

Antoine Gérin-LajoieAntoine Gérin-Lajoie
04 August 1824
Poet
Hédi BouraouiHédi Bouraoui
16 July 1932
Poet

Félix-Antoine SavardFélix-Antoine Savard
31 August 1896
Priest
Philippe PannetonPhilippe Panneton
30 April 1895
Physician
Constance Lindsay SkinnerConstance Lindsay Skinner
07 December 1877
Writer