Jake MacDonald is a Canadian author who has written eight books of both fiction and non-fiction and several hundred articles for many of Canada’s leading publications, including the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, Cottage Life, Outdoor Canada, and Explore.
About twenty of his magazine stories have received awards, and his recent book Houseboat Chronicles won three awards across the country, including the Writers Trust of Canada prize for non-fiction.
Here’s what publications have to say about Jake:
The secret, as MacDonald realizes, is in the details. His achievment is to describe the quest for inner knowledge and writerly voice with a stark, and at times harsh, honesty that mirrors the land he so profoundly loves.
The Literary Review of Canada
The Bridge Out of Town is a top-notch book, certainly one of the best in its genre.
The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
Whether he travels to Mexico, the Bahamas or the Arctic, MacDonald is there for the game, but he takes care to sketch the people and settings he encounters, including to a seemly degree, himself. He comes across as the sort of person you’d like to know, not just because he could tell a great after dinner story, but because he reassures you that it is possible to see how lovely the world can be without turning one’s back on it.
The Globe and Mail
In this spare, unassuming, yet affecting memoir, MacDonald describes his lifelong fascination with life in the central Canadian wilderness, an area known as “the Shield.” Houseboat Chronicles is a tranquil pleasant reflection on the austere beauty of nature, and on life’s many different paths.