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Ray Robertson is a Canadian novelist and contributing book reviewer at The Globe and Mail who lives in Toronto, Ontario. His work, "Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live," was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction[1] and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction.[2] "I Was There the Night He Died" was published in May 2014. In 2016, he published the non-fiction "Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)." In 2018, he published his newest novel, “1979”.

Ray Robertson
Ray Robertson at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Ray Robertson at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
BornChatham, Ontario, Canada
OccupationNovelist, essayist



  • Home Movies. Cormorant Books, 1997.
  • Heroes. Dundurn, 2000.
  • Moody Food. Doubleday, 2002. Santa Fe Writers Project, 2006. Biblioasis, 2009. VLB, 2010.
  • Gently Down the Stream. Cormorant Books, 2005.
  • What Happened Later. Thomas Allen Publishers, 2007.
  • David. Thomas Allen Publishers, 2009.
  • I Was There the Night He Died. Biblioasis, 2014.
  • “1979”, Biblioasis, 2018.


  • Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing. Insomniac Press, 2003.
  • Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live. Biblioasis, 2011.
  • Lives of the Poets (with Guitars). Biblioasis, 2016.


  1. ^ "Ray Robertson: Qualifications". National Post. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  2. ^ John Barber. "Charles Taylor Prize unveils long list". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

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