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Crummey MichaelMichael Crummey is an award-winning poet and storyteller. He is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels River Thieves, The Wreckage, Galore, and Sweetland. 

Crummey was born in Buchans, a mining town in the interior of Newfoundland. He grew up there and in Wabush, another mining town near the Quebec border of Labrador. After completing a BA in English at Memorial University in St. John’s, he moved to Kingston, Ontario to pursue graduate work but dropped out before finishing his Ph. D. He has taught ESL in China and worked at the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. Now the author of three books of poetry and a book of short stories as well as a novel, he lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His stories and poems have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including twice in the League of Canadian Poets’ annual contest anthology.

Michael’s Books:



Doubleday, Canada, Fall 2014

Liveright/Norton, US, Spring 2015

Constable & Robinson, UK, Spring 2015

Wydawnictwo Wiatr Od Morza Michal Alenowicz, Poland

Storytel Poland, Poland

Leméac Editeur, Quebec

CBC Bookies 2015 Winner for Fiction

Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year 2014

A CBC Best Book of 2014



Doubleday, Canada, September 2009

Boreal, Quebec

Other Press, US, April 2011

Constable & Robinson, UK

Neri Pozza, Italy

Wydawnictwo Wiatr Od Morza Michal Alenowicz, Poland

Storytel Poland, Poland


Winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean)

Shortlisted for the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award 2009

Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award

Shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Finalist for the 2009 Winterset Prize

Shortlisted for the Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award

Globe and Mail Best Book of 2009

Longlisted for the 2010 CBC Canada Reads

Amazon’s 2011 Best Books of the Year So Far

Kindle 2011 Best Books of the Year So Far

Kirkus Reviews 2011 Best of Fiction

River Thieves

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Doubleday, Canada, September 2001

Houghton Mifflin, US, 2002

Canongate, UK, 2002

Payot & Rivages, France, 2004

De Geus, The Netherlands, 2002

Storytel Poland, Poland

Winner of the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing

Winner of the Atlantic Fiction Award

Nominated for the Giller Prize (2001)

Nominated for The Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

Nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Award

Nominated for the Books in Canada/ First Novel Award

The Wreckage


Doubleday Canada, Fall 2005 (lead title)

De Geus, The Netherlands

Wiatr od Morza, Poland

Storytel Poland, Poland

Longlisted for the IMPAC award

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers Trust Award

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

National Bestseller