Kingston Reads

More time at home, means more time to read! Kingston is a literary city with many well-known and well-loved authors, whether they live here, grew up here, or studied here. Escape into the words and worlds of these YGK writers.

Helen Humphreys

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry.  


  • Leaving Earth   
  • Afterimage 
  • The Lost Garden 
  • Wild Dogs 
  • The Frozen Thames 
  • Coventry 
  • The Reinvention of Love 
  • Nocturne: On the Life and Death of My Brother 
  • The Evening Chorus 
  • The River 
  • The Ghost Orchard:The Hidden History of the Apple in North America 
  • Machine Without Horses  
  • Rabbit Foot Bill 

Wayne Grady

Nonfiction, fiction.  


  • Toronto the Wild: Field Notes of an Urban Naturalist 
  • Vulture: Nature’s Ghastly Gourmet 
  • The Quiet Limit of the World: A Journey to the North Pole to Investigate Global Warming 
  • Chasing the Chinook: On the Trail of Canadian Words and Culture 
  • Tree: A Life Story co-authored with David Suzuki 
  • Bringing Back the Dodo 
  • The Great Lakes: A Natural History of a Changing Region 
  • Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: A Journey Through America, co-authored with Merilyn Simonds 
  • Emancipation Day 
  • Up From Freedom 

Steven Heighton

Poetry, fiction.   


  • The Ecstasy of Skeptics  
  • The Shadow Boxer 
  • The Address Book  
  • Afterlands 
  • Patient Frame  
  • Every Lost Country 
  • The Waking Comes Late  
  • The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep 

Michael Crummey

Poetry, short stories, nonfiction, fiction. 


  • Under the Keel  
  • Cigarettes 
  • Little Dogs 
  • River Thieves 
  • The Wreckage 
  • Galore 
  • Sweetland 
  • The Innocents 

Iain Reid



  • One Bird’s Choice: A Year In the Life of an Over-educated, Under-employed Twenty-something Who Moves Back Home
    The Truth About Luck: What I Learned On My Roadtrip with Grandma 
  • Foe 
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things 

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Poetry, children’s books.  


  • Desperately Seeking Susans 
  • Status Update 
  • Sweet Devilry 
  • Sugar and Snails 
  • Toesy Toes 
  • Night Children 
  • Dogs Don’t Eat Jam 
  • A Flock of Shoes 

Sadiqa de Meijer

Poetry, essays.


  • Leaving Howe Island  
  • The Outer Wards 
  • alfabet / alphabet 

Omar El Akkad



  • American War: A Novel 

Chris Turner 



Armand Garnet Ruffo 

Poetry, short stories, nonfiction. 


  • Opening in the Sky 
  • Grey Owl: the mystery of Archie Belaney  
  • At Geronimo’s grave 
  • Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird 
  • The Thunderbird Poems 
  • TREATY# 

Jason Heroux

Poetrynonfiction. Kingston’s Poet Laureate.  


  • Memoirs of an Alias  
  • Emergency Hallelujah
  • Natural Capital and Hard Work Cheering Up Sad Machines  
  • Good Evening, Central Laundromat 
  • We Wish You a Happy Killday  
  • Amusement Park of Constant Sorrow 

Christine Fader



  • Career Cupid: Your Guide to Landing and Loving Your Dream Job (Writing on Stone Press) 
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Insider’s Guide to Getting into Medical School in Canada (Brush Education Inc)