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 has worked in bookstores for the last 20 years — he is currently the Event Coordinator at Bolen Books in Victoria, where he curates one of Canada’s most highly regarded literary events series.
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.
Before I Wake, Wiersema’s first novel, was published in the summer of 2006 to exceptional reviews, and went on to become a national bestseller, and was named a Globe and Mail Best Book for 2006. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Before I Wake has been published in more than a dozen countries.
The World More Full of Weeping, a novella, was published in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Aurora Award. His second novel, Bedtime Story, was published by Random House Canada in November 2010, and became a national bestseller. Bedtime Story is now available in paperback.
His first non-fiction book, Walk Like A Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen, will be published in September, 2011.
Wiersema lives in Victoria, in a house filled with music and books.