Press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Toronto, September 22, 2022)

HarperCollins Canada is thrilled to have acquired Canadian English-language rights to two new works of adult fiction by the award-winning, bestselling author David A. Robertson.

The first novel, tentatively titled Hunter, follows a young Cree man caught between the physical and spiritual worlds. Before he can journey into the afterlife, he has four days to make amends to those he has wronged. The second novel is untitled. Publication is scheduled for 2025 and 2027, respectively.

Jennifer Lambert, HarperCollins Canada Editor-in-Chief, acquired the books, stating, “HarperCollins is very proud to be the home of David A. Robertson’s adult fiction and non-fiction. Through his storytelling for all ages, David connects with readers, illuminating the Indigenous experience, the connection to the land, and the intimate relationships between family members. David’s previous books with HarperCollins, Black Water and The Theory of Crows, are deeply moving, impactful works for adult readers, and we have every expectation that Hunter and David’s future novels and non-fiction will captivate his ever-growing audience.”

After signing the deal, Robertson stated, “It has been an incredible experience working with people who’ve given such attention and care to my words. Since I was eight, my life has been about stories that entertain, connect, and create change. I have more stories to tell, and I’m thrilled to continue my relationship with HarperCollins.

The year 2022 has been eventful for Robertson. On September 13 he released The Theory of Crows, his first novel for adults, to great acclaim. Early August saw the publication of the third installment of the Misewa Saga, his award-winning middle-grade series. Robertson will be travelling across Canada promoting both projects. You can see his fall schedule at HarperPresents.

The book deal was arranged by Jackie Kaiser, President and COO, Westwood Creative Artists.

DAVID A. ROBERTSON (he, him, his) was the 2021 recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada Freedom to Read Award. He is the author of recently published novel The Theory of Crows and the memoir Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory (2020), which was a Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire book of the year, and won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction as well as the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. He is also the author of numerous books for young readers, including When We Were Alone (illustrated by Julie Flett), which won both the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and the McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People Award. On the Trapline, also illustrated by Julie Flett, won Robertson a second Governor General’s Literary Award and was named one of the best picture books of 2021 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, New York Public Library, The Horn Book, Quill & Quire, and American Indians in Children’s Literature. The Barren Grounds, the first book in Robertson’s middle-grade Misewa Saga series, was shortlisted for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award, the TD Award for Children’s Literature, and the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award. Robertson is the writer and host of the podcast Kīwēw, winner of the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast. He is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and currently lives in Winnipeg.

About HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Known worldwide for the quality of its list, HarperCollinsCanada is the proud home of many bestselling authors, including Thomas King, Zoe Whittall, Esi Edugyan, Michelle Good, Heather O’Neill, Lawrence Hill, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Mark Sakamoto, Catherine Hernandez, Emily St. John Mandel, Tracey Lindberg, Tara Westover, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Rachel Cusk, David A. Robertson, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kim Fu, Karen McBride, Jordan Tannahill, Jael Richardson, and Helen Humphreys, among many more found at

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Date Posted

September 22, 2022


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