Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier (born August 10, 1981) is an award-winning Canadian-born writer of young adult literature.

Jonathan Auxier
Auxier won the 2015 Silver Birch Fiction Award from the Ontario Library Association for The Night Gardener[2]
Born (1981-08-10) August 10, 1981[3][4]
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupationyoung adult novelist
Notable works
  • The Night Gardener
  • Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes


Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia,[5] he currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife.[6] He earned a BA from Trinity Western University in 2003[7] and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005.[8][9] During graduate school, Auxier worked on a side project to refresh his creativity which he would eventually develop into the novel Peter Nimble; after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting.[7]


Auxier won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award[6] and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award[10] for his 2014 novel The Night Gardener. The book was also a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language children's literature at the 2014 Governor General's Awards.[11]

He won the Governor General's Award at the 2018 Governor General's Awards for Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster.[12] Sweep also won the Children's/YA prize at the 2019 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.[13]


Standalone works
  • — (May 20, 2014). The Night Gardener. Amulet Books. ISBN 978-1-4197-1144-2. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  • — (September 25, 2018). Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster. Amulet Books. ISBN 978-1-4197-3140-2. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
Peter Nimble series


  1. "Silver Birch Award® Winners and Nominees 1994–2018" (PDF). Ontario Library Association. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. "Silver Birch Award® Winners and Nominees 1994–2018" (PDF). Ontario Library Association. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. Jonathan Auxier (August 10, 2011). "Jonathan auxier interview and book giveaway". Literary Rambles (Interview). Interviewed by Natalie Aguirre. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. Medley, Mark (August 26, 2011). "At the kids' table: Jonathan Auxier's debut recalls classic children's tales". National Post. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. Jonathan Auxier (October 12, 2011). "Wordstock Interview: Jonathan Auxier". Wired (Interview). Interviewed by Jonathan H. Liu.
  6. Cerny, Dory (November 18, 2015). "Jonathan Auxier wins big at CCBC Book Awards". Quill & Quire.
  7. Schlecker, Brady (May 16, 2016). "Better know a word-writing man alum: Jonathan Auxier". TWU Alumni Stories & News. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  8. "Jonathan Auxier". Regal & Hoffman Literary Agents. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  9. "Peter Nimble". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  10. Cerny, Dory (April 2, 2015). "Groundwood Books picks up two Canadian Library Association awards". Quill & Quire.
  11. Medley, Mark (October 7, 2014). "Governor-General Literary Awards finalists unveiled". The Globe and Mail.
  12. Dundas, Deborah (October 30, 2018). "Book about campus rape and an Indigenous memoir win $25,000 Governor General's Literary Award". Toronto Star.
  13. Balser, Erin (October 23, 2019). "Anne Michaels among winners for $10K Vine Awards for Jewish Canadian literature". CBC Books.

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