Will Ferguson is a Canadian writer and novelist who is best known for his humorous observations on Canadian history and culture. His success as a writer can be attributed to an innate ability to view Canada much the same way an outsider would, as described in his debut book, the ironically-named Why I Hate Canadians. Ferguson was born fourth of six other children in the former trading post of Fort Vermilion, Alberta approximately 800 km north of Edmonton. At the age of 16 he quit school and moved to Saskatoon, Dauphin, and Red Deer. He then joined the Canadian government funded programs Katimavik and Canada World Youth. He studied film production and screenwriting at York University in Toronto graduating with a B.F.A. in 1990.
Ferguson joined the JET Programme in the early 1990's and lived in Kyushu, Japan for five years teaching English. He married his wife Terumi in Kumamoto, Japan in 1995. After coming back from Japan he experienced a severe reverse culture shock which became the basis for his first book Why I Hate Canadians. He details his experiences hitchhiking across Japan in Hokkaido Highway Blues later retitled Hitching Rides with Buddha.
He is the author of eleven books and has won numnerous awards, including the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour twice, for Generica (later renamed HappinessTM) in 2002 and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw in 2005. HappinessTM also won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2002 Commonwealth Prize: Canada & Caribbean.
Will Ferguson currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and two sons.