Welcome to the website of Mark Abley, a writer and editor living in Montreal. Mark is a nonfiction writer, a poet and a recovering journalist (also a traveller, a birder and a jam-maker); he has won both a Rhodes Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In November 2022 he received an honorary D. Litt. from the University of Saskatchewan.
His newest book, Strange Bewildering Time: Istanbul to Kathmandu in the Last Year of the Hippie Trail, will be published by House of Anansi Press in February 2023.
In 2019 Mark’s memoir The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind was published by University of Regina Press. One reviewer described it as “a master class in the delicate art of writing about family — raw and unsparing, yet sympathetic and compassionate.” Among his earlier nonfiction books are the highly acclaimed and widely translated Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003) and an influential book on Indigenous and Canadian history, Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013).
“Thank you for visiting this site. You’ll find a lot of information here about my work, and a little about my life. Writing is a solitary profession, but one of its pleasures is the community it sometimes creates. If you’d like to get in touch with me, please visit the Contact page. I would be happy to hear from you.”