Robert J. Wiersema was born in Agassiz, British Columbia, in 1970, and has spent his life immersed in books. He attended the University of Victoria, where he earned an Honours Degree in English Literature. He worked in bookstores for more than 20 years and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University.

In 1999, Wiersema began reviewing books for Quill and Quire magazine — today he is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected reviewers, with his work appearing regularly in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and numerous other publications.

Wiersema lives in downtown Victoria, in an apartment filled with music and books.