Originally from Newfoundland, Marc Colbourne comes by his love of storytelling and tea honestly. His writing is often influenced by his time spent working in Cuba, Bolivia and Guatemala and explores themes of social justice.

An avid reader of both Canadian and Latin American literature, he is happiest when surrounded by his ever-growing “to be read” pile. In his world, the announcement of the Giller Shortlist is cause for a much-anticipated vacation day from his day job.

He currently calls Edmonton, Alberta home.


"Write what should not be forgotten"
- Isabel Allende

"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"You're never going to kill storytelling, because it's built into the human plan. We come with it."
- Margaret Atwood