Author Spotlight – Lesley Livingston

This is a monthly feature that will highlight and introduce the works of Canadian YA authors.  I’m doing this mostly for self-education because unfortunately I’m not all that aware of the amazing talent that exists in my own country.  (I might shake it up from time to time and include an American author.)

I love it when Canadian authors are wonderfully successful. However, I hate when people assume an author is American because they are so successful. This happened to me in Chapters the other day. I was busy browsing for books and I overheard a teen asking a sales person if Lesley Livingston was Canadian and the sales person literally said, “I don’t think so, she’s pretty famous.”  What is it about Canadian fiction that causes people to assume that if it isn’t dry and is popular it must not be from here? Well, I’m highlighting Lesley Livingston today to squash any bad assumptions about Canadian authors.  

This month’s author: Lesley Livingston

Author blurb: Lesley is a YA author and actor living in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys mythology, folk lore and otherworldly stories such as those that feature faeries.  She has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature. She is also a founding member and principal performer with the Tempest Theatre Group. She is currently writing the last novel in her very successful Wondrous Strange trilogy.

“Wondrous Strange is an urban fantasy that weaves elements of A Midsummer Night’s Dream together with teen romance and chilling adventure that erupts when dangerous faeries invade the human world through a gate in Central Park” – great summary from her blog


Wondrous Strange and Darklight. The third book is set to be released at the end of the year.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m with you!!! Our Canadian authors are the best!! Wondering did you say anything to the Salesperson?

  2. I didn’t end up saying anything to the chapters employee, but I did mention to the teen girl that she was Canadian.

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