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Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. She twice long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize for her essays “Asshole Homemaker” and “Mints After The Meal.” “Mints After The Meal” was also shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2015. “Let’s Talk” was nominated for the same prize in 2016.

Her writing has been described as being “as funny as it is smart” with one reviewer saying she has a “standup’s knack for candid detail and dialogue, leading you to expect the expected, only to deliver the timely left hook that shatters it.”  Of her debut novel Roost, Quill & Quire wrote: “in the vein of hip, modern mothers like Kelly Oxford, Bryan mines the experiences of Claudia’s children for humor.” The National Post said, “Roost is hilarious. Ali Bryan is a master of deadpan delivery and is a seemingly endless source of deft one-liners. And The Winnipeg Review said, “Bryan’s dialogue and character interaction are so spot on, and the rare occasion where she does take the chance and delves beneath the super funny surface of asshole-dom, she is dazzling.”

Ali is a certified Personal Trainer and works as a Production Coordinator for The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. She is represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. Her second novel The Figgs will be released in the Spring of 2018.

For Roost related inquiries, please contact:
Kelsey Attard, Managing Editor, Freehand Books

For other inquiries, please contact Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency


  1. Jennie King
    April 5, 2010

    Ali – I just spent my lunch reading your blog and it was the best lunch I’ve had in a long time! I’m so glad you continue to write and I look forward to reading more. Jennie xoxo

  2. Barry
    April 6, 2010

    Hey Ali. I have always been proud of my kids (your cousins)and even take their accomplishments for granted, now that they are making their mark on the world. Now I am also proud of a niece (you). Wordsmithing runs in the family me thinks. I love your stuff. Keep up the good work, and above all, have fun with it. Regards, BtheB

  3. edp
    July 7, 2010

    Dear Ali,

    I don’t know you, but I feel like I know you. Or that I am you. Unless I’m mistaken and all moms are just reincarnation of previous moms.

    Thanks for making me feel less like a I-am-not-a-magazine-make-up-wearing-mom to making me feel, well, like just a mom.

    e (live, but not awake, from Jozi, RSA)

    ps. I have called my son an asshole. When he was 5 weeks old. And also cried for his future assholeness.

  4. Anais
    September 16, 2010

    Hey Lady,

    just thought I’d drop a line here to let you know that I check your website from time-to-time and that I always find myself reading your stories for longer than planned…lol, that’s a good sign!

    I am not surprised on how “well-filled” your life is, you have always been a very driven woman (that’s why we got along great from day 1) and I admire you for that.

    I hope you and Dave… and the kids are going well.
    Keep us the great work Ali.


  5. Alison
    April 4, 2011

    Our mutual friend Chas put a link to your blog on facebook and I’m so glad she did. I read your entire blog (the husband was painting and the kids asleep.) Your writing is amazing and hilarious. But I don’t know how I feel about someone who likes to exercise that much… Anyways, I will be checking back often!