Coming fall 2021.

Word Problems

Ian Williams Word Problems Cover
  • Winner of the Raymond Souster Award for Poetry from the League of Canadian Poets
  • One of the Globe and Mail‘s best new books from independent publishers.


  • Winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2019. $100 000.
  • Finalist for the Toronto Book Award
  • Finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, 2019.
  • Foreign editions and translations:
    • US Edition. New York: Europa, 2020.
    • UK Edition: Dialogue Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, 2020.
    • Italy: Keller Editore, forthcoming in fall 2021.
    • World English audio: Audible
  • Profiles, features, reviews,  interviews, and best-of lists in The Guardian (UK), New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, Daily Mail, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, Calgary Herald, Winnipeg Free Press, Vancouver Sun, The Walrus, Quill & Quire, Hazlitt, The Georgia Straight, CBC Books, CBC Radio, rabble.ca, 49th Shelf, Chatelaine, FASHION, NUVO.

The startling brilliance of Ian Williams stems from his restlessness with form. His ceaseless creativity susses out the right patterning of story, the right vernacular nuance, the right diagram and deftly dropped reference—all in service of vividly illuminating the intermingled comedy and trauma of family.

David Chariandy, author of Brother 


  • Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
  • Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award.
  • Shortlisted for the ReLit Poetry Award
  • Winner of the Alberta Book Cover/Jacket Design Award

[Williams] blends personal emotion with historical tension, tradition and modernity, ordinary and magical so seamlessly…. I’m so happy to find another shining star above Canada’s poetry horizon!

– Griffin Prize Judges’ Citation

Not Anyone’s Anything

  • Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, $10 000.
  • Reviewed in The Edmonton Journal, Prairie Journal, Prairie Fire Review of Books, and The Toronto Star.

Not Anyone’s Anything discloses a radical new voice in Canadian fiction.

– Rhea Tregebov

You Know Who You Are

  • Shortlisted for the ReLit Award
  • Reviewed in Telegraph Journal, Quill and Quire, Newpages.com, Worcester Telegram Gazette, H Mag, Chapter and Verse, and Paste.

If you’re asking who is Ian Williams, I can tell you […] that his work is inventive and clever. I can tell you that his obsession, as his title suggests, is, indeed, “you.”- Sima Rabinowitz, newpages.com