Ray Robertson

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Ray Robertson
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Ray Robertson at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Born Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Novelist, essayist
Nationality Canadian

Ray Robertson is a Canadian novelist and contributing book reviewer at The Globe and Mail who lives in Toronto, Ontario. His most recent 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] Robertson's newest novel "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)."



  • 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.


  • 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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