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Ali Bryan is a personal trainer who grew up in Halifax and attended high school in Sackville, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and completed a graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers under the tutelage of Paul Quarrington. She was a finalist in the 2010 cbc Canada Writes literary contest for her essay “Asshole Homemaker” and a bronze medalist in the 2012 Canada Writes Literary Triathlon. Ali lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. Her real name is Alexandra. Roost is her first novel. She is currently at work on a second novel.

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



  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!