SImon & Schuster Canada to Publish New Novel by Will Ferguson

Toronto, May 25, 2017—Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce the publication of The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel 419. The Shoe on the Roof will be released on October 17, 2017.

The Shoe on the Roof is a startlingly funny, inventive, and heartbreaking story of a researcher who decides to “cure” three homeless vagrants of their delusion of being the Messiah, by housing them under one roof.  Will Ferguson’s novel questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.  An explosively imaginative tour de force, The Shoe on the Roof is Will Ferguson at his best.

“We are thrilled to welcome Will to Simon & Schuster Canada and know that his new novel will further demonstrate that he is a writer at the top of his game,” says Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. “The Shoe on the Roof promises to be one of the most talked about and enjoyed novels of the fall season.”

“This is an exceptional novel, wholly unique, and completely beguiling,” says Nita Pronovost, Simon & Schuster Canada’s Vice President and Editorial Director. “If you’ve read Will Ferguson before, then you already know he is a masterful provocateur and a writer who defies expectations with everything he writes.  We’re so happy to be publishing this novel.”

Will Ferguson is the author of sixteen books. His most recent novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record-tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Calgary. Visit him at

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