Alan Cumyn Novelist

Alan Cumyn is the author of wide-ranging and often wildly different literary novels for children, young adults and adults. A two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award, he has also had work shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize, and the Trillium Award. He teaches through the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a past Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada. In 2016 he received the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Vicky Metcalf Award for body of work for young people.

Now featured on Cynsations: Survivors: Alan Cumyn on Thriving as a Long-Time Actively Publishing Author for All Ages

NOW AVAILABLE! North to Benjamin, a new novel set in Dawson City, Yukon. 

Kirkus Best Books 2018 // Junior Library Guild Official Selection // Amazon Editors’ Pick for December

Far from a mere survival tale, this is a psychological thriller for sophisticated middle-grade readers… This gripping, suspenseful read with compelling characters and a spellbinding setting lures readers into the deep-cold night even as they long for a life-affirming sunrise. –Kirkus starred review

Cumyn reaffirms the human mess that is the life many children know, and the allies in all forms that are their saving grace.  A heart thaw through and through.” Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground


More on North to Benjamin // The Writing of North to Benjamin



Alan Cumyn travelled north to Dawson thanks to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and the Writers’ Trust of Canada. As well, he gratefully acknowledges funding from these other sources for a number of his novels over the years:

Canada Council for the Arts
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City of Ottawa