Harley Rustad is a journalist, author, and editor at The Walrus magazine whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Outside, the Globe and Mail, Geographical, the Guardian, CNN, and elsewhere.

He received a silver National Magazine Award for an article about a logger who saved one of the largest trees in Canada (Big Lonely Doug) and an honourable mention for a feature on digital mapping in the Belcher Islands, Nunavut (Where the Streets Have No Names).

He is the author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees, which was named a best book of 2018 by the Globe and Mail and one of the best Canadian nonfiction books of the year by the CBC, and was nominated for several awards.

Lost in the Valley of Death, his second book, will be published by Harper (US) and Knopf (Canada).

He is a faculty editor at the Banff Centre's mountain and wilderness writing residency, the founder of the Port Renfrew Writers’ Retreat, and originally from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

For Harley's agent, please contact Stuart Krichevsky:

(212) 725-5288 |

For media, event, or speaking inquiries regarding BIG LONELY DOUG, please contact Cindy Ma at House of Anansi Press:

(416) 363-4343 | 

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