Author at dusk

Author Mark Abley in Montreal, photo by John Kenney

Welcome to the website of Mark Abley, an author, journalist, poet and editor.  For many years I lived in the great city of Montreal. But in 2024 I moved to the small and delightful community of Gananoque, Ontario.

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. To get in touch with me, please visit the Contact page. I’d be happy to hear from you.

In February 2024, Stonehewer Books released a revised and updated paperback edition of my earlier book Conversations with a Dead Man: Indigenous Rights and the Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott.

My literary travel book Strange Bewildering Time: Istanbul to Kathmandu in the Last Year of the Hippie Trail was published by House of Anansi Press in 2023. It has won praise in the Wall Street Journal, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Montreal Review of Books and elsewhere. In a year-end roundup of the best Canadian books of 2023, Jamie Portman called it “an enthralling memoir” and “a travel book for the ages.”

Here’s a great review article about Strange Bewildering Time: