Bio & Contact

Craig Russell is a lawyer and District Registrar for the province of Manitoba, administering the land titles system for 5,000 sq. miles of south-western Manitoba.

Since 1989 Craig and his wife Janet have been restoring Johnson House’, a 1906 Victorian heritage property in Brandon.

Craig has directed many community theatre productions in Brandon, Mb. ranging from The Sound of Music to Romeo and Juliet.

In 2011 his young adult novel, Black Bottle Man won the American Moonbeam Gold Medal for YA fantasy and was a finalist for the Canadian Prix Aurora Award for Best English SF/F Novel.

His 2016 novel Fragment is a globe spanning disaster story, described as, “A wonderfully thoughtful eco-thriller from one of Canada’s best writers.” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night.

Craig is available to give readings and to talk about writing at your library, university, high school, or convention.

Contact him by email: craigrussell (at) mymts (.) net

or via Facebook at: Craig Russell – Canadian Writer

“What a great read! I use this book as a Literature Circle choice in my high school English class. It is so nice to be able to offer high quality, Canadian literature to my students. I recommend this book to teens and adults alike!”  Lisa Carlson, teacher, Elm Creek High School

“Russell is a gifted story teller and wordsmith who can cross and interweave timelines and character story lines seamlessly.”   Valerie Bull, Lakeland Public Library, Killarney, MB.

The Vagabond Boy and Tarzan

A vagabond boy, summer and winter, I was allowed to ramble across wheat fields and saw-grass slough, over snow-drifts and frozen dug-outs, searching for gopher-sized adventures.
At age ten, a mysterious door on the third floor of the Carman Memorial Hall opened. Beyond lived Tarzan and Tom Swift, Slan and the Hardy Boys; and the expression “get your nose out of that book!” was often heard on the farm.
Now years later the mysterious door has opened again, and I’m sending stories the other way.
Blame it on Dixon, Burroughs and van Vogt.