Wes Funk

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Wes Funk
Born(1969-02-18)February 18, 1969
Mayfair, Saskatchewan
Died (aged 46)
Edmonton, Alberta
Occupationwriter, broadcaster
Genrefiction, memoirs
Notable worksDead Rock Stars, Cherry Blossoms

Wes Funk (February 18, 1969 – October 9, 2015) was a Canadian writer. Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,[1] he published several novels and a chapbook of poetry and short stories, and hosted a weekly television series, Lit Happens, on Shaw TV's services in Saskatchewan.[2]

Funk, who was gay,[2] was raised in a Mennonite household in rural Mayfair, Saskatchewan.[3] He had a twin sister, who died in childhood.[4]

Funk published his debut novel, Dead Rock Stars, in 2008.[3] Initially self-published,[5] the book later gained national distribution.[3] The novel was republished in audiobook form in 2013,[6] and a new illustrated edition was published in 2015.[7]

In 2012, Funk pulled his book Cherry Blossoms off of bookstore shelves after the publisher inadvertently printed an early draft instead of the final version.[8] The corrected edition was rereleased several weeks later. The book won a Bookie Award from CBC Books in 2013.[9]

In 2014, Funk published the memoir Wes Side Story.[9] In addition to his writing and broadcasting, Funk also worked in social services.[10]

Funk died in his sleep on October 9, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. He was only 46 years old. It was thought that he may have accidentally overdosed on painkillers after a surgical procedure.[11] At the time of his death, his short story "Rescuing Lancelot" had just been published in the literary magazine Jonathan, and his latest novel Frostbite was slated for publication in 2016.


  • Humble Beginnings
  • Dead Rock Stars (2008)
  • Baggage (2010)
  • Cherry Blossoms (2012)
  • Wes Side Story: a Memoir (2014)


  1. ^ Willberg, David (June 9, 2011). "Author champions self-published books". Saskatchewan Lifestyles. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Street, Amanda (December 12, 2011). "Funk's Fiction". OutVisions. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Local writers are going DYI". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, August 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "'There was no real fakeness to him' Sask. literary community mourns loss of local author". CKOM, October 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rock star fascination turned into book". Regina Leader-Post, March 14, 2009.
  6. ^ "Regina pair turning written word into audiobooks". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, October 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Storytellers, local poet featured at B.C. retreat". Winnipeg Free Press, February 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Author pulls his own book from store shelves". CBC News. July 11, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Saskatoon novelist tackles autobiography in Wes Side Story". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, September 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Record shop connects author to vinyl culture". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, April 18, 2013.
  11. ^ Trembath, Sean (12 October 2015). "Local author Wes Funk dead at 46". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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