John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist. His 16 works, including Voltaire’s Bastards, A Fair Country and The Comeback, have been translated into 29 languages in 38 countries. Saul is the Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, President Emeritus of PEN International, and Co-Founder & Honorary Chair of French for the Future. He is a Companion in the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Ontario.
In A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, he argues that modern Canada is profoundly shaped by Indigenous ideas. He is general editor of the Extraordinary Canadians biographical series and contributed his own biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine & Robert Baldwin. In 2012, he published his first novel in 15 years, Dark Diversions: A Traveller’s Tale. The Comeback, his latest release, explores how Indigenous peoples are empowering themselves for a grand return to a position of power and influence.
Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International, and Founder and Honorary Chair of French for the Future. Saul is a Companion in the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario, a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and an Officer in Germany’s Order of Merit. His many literary awards include Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal, the Governor General’s Award, and the inaugural Gutenberg Galaxy Award.