Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier (born August 10, 1981) is a Canadian-born writer of young adult literature.

Jonathan Auxier
Auxier in 2015
Auxier in 2015
Born (1981-08-10) August 10, 1981 (age 40)[1][2]
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupationyoung adult novelist
Notable works


Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,[3] he currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US with his wife.[4] He earned a BA from Trinity Western University in 2003[5] and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005.[6][7] During graduate school, Auxier worked on a side project to refresh his creativity which he would eventually develop into the novel Peter Nimble; after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting.[5]


Auxier won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award[4] and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award[8] for his 2014 novel The Night Gardener. The book was also a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature at the 2014 Governor General's Awards.[9]

He won the Governor General's Award at the 2018 Governor General's Awards for Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster.[10] Sweep also won the Children's/YA prize at the 2019 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.[11]


Standalone works
  • — (May 20, 2014). The Night Gardener. Amulet Books. ISBN 978-1-4197-1144-2. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  • — (September 25, 2018). Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster. Amulet Books. ISBN 978-1-4197-3140-2. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
Peter Nimble series


  1. ^ Jonathan Auxier (August 10, 2011). "Jonathan auxier interview and book giveaway". Literary Rambles (Interview). Interviewed by Natalie Aguirre. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Medley, Mark (August 26, 2011). "At the kids' table: Jonathan Auxier's debut recalls classic children's tales". National Post. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Jonathan Auxier (October 12, 2011). "Wordstock Interview: Jonathan Auxier". Wired (Interview). Interviewed by Jonathan H. Liu.
  4. ^ a b Cerny, Dory (November 18, 2015). "Jonathan Auxier wins big at CCBC Book Awards". Quill & Quire.
  5. ^ a b Schlecker, Brady (May 16, 2016). "Better know a word-writing man alum: Jonathan Auxier". TWU Alumni Stories & News. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Auxier". Regal & Hoffman Literary Agents. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Peter Nimble". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Cerny, Dory (April 2, 2015). "Groundwood Books picks up two Canadian Library Association awards". Quill & Quire.
  9. ^ Medley, Mark (October 7, 2014). "Governor-General Literary Awards finalists unveiled". The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ Dundas, Deborah (October 30, 2018). "Book about campus rape and an Indigenous memoir win $25,000 Governor General's Literary Award". Toronto Star.
  11. ^ Balser, Erin (October 23, 2019). "Anne Michaels among winners for $10K Vine Awards for Jewish Canadian literature". CBC Books.

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