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2021 Event:
Will Ferguson
The FinderPrepare to meet Gaddy Rhodes, a brittle Interpol agent obsessed with tracking “The Finder,” a shadowy figure she believes is collecting lost objects; Thomas Rafferty, a burnt-out travel writer whose path crosses that of The Finder, to devastating effect; and Tamsin Greene, a swaggering war photographer who is hiding secrets of her own. Ferguson delivers a spellbinding literary adventure novel about precious objects lost and found.

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Will Ferguson is an award-winning travel writer and novelist. His debut novel, Happiness, sold into 23 languages around the world. His last novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His new novel, The Finder, won the 2021 Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction. Ferguson has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He was born and raised in Fort Vermilion and now lives in Calgary, with his wife and sons.

In The Finder, Will Ferguson takes readers on a heroic, imaginative journey across continents, from the seas of southern Japan, to the arid Australian Outback, to the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the earthquake.

The Finder is a beguiling and wildly original tale about the people, places, and things that are lost and found in our world. Both an epic literary adventure and an escape into a darkly thrilling world of deceit and its rewards, this novel asks: How far would you be willing to go to recover the things you’ve left behind?

Thomas Trofimuk is an Edmonton writer who has four novels out in the world: The 52nd Poem, Doubting Yourself to the Bone, Waiting for Columbus, and most recently, This is All a Lie. He’s a long-time teacher at Youthwrite (a fantastic writing camp for kids), and writes on a regular basis for his own website at