Chris Turner (author)

Chris Turner (born July 25, 1973) is a Canadian journalist and author.

Chris Turner
Chris Turner, Author
Chris Turner, Author
BornJuly 25, 1973 (age 46)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Alma materQueen's University, Ryerson University
SpouseAshley Bristowe


Turner was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where his father, a fighter pilot, was stationed with the Canadian military. As a military brat, he lived in the Canadian North, the American Midwest, and Germany. He graduated from Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario in 1996 with an honours Bachelor of Arts in History. He also holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University, Toronto (1998). While at Ryerson, he completed an editorial internship at Shift Magazine.[1]

Following graduation from Ryerson, Turner reported on culture and technology for Shift Magazine from 1998 to 2003. His writing has also appeared in, The Walrus, The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Utne Reader, Adbusters and The South China Morning Post. His latest work is How To Breathe Underwater (2014), a collection of his award-winning magazine writing from the last 15 years. He is currently working on a new book for Simon & Schuster with a working title of The Patch, which will be an analysis of the importance and history of the oilsands.[1]

Turner was the recipient of a Fleck Fellowship at the Banff Centre in 2010. In 2009 he co-founded CivicCamp in Calgary. He was featured speaker for the Deakin Innovation Lectures in Melbourne, Australia in 2008. He has given keynote addresses or lectures at thirteen university campuses, four literary festivals and approximately thirty major professional and industrial conferences nationwide. In 2013 Turner was the writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon.[2]

Turner lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and two children.

Literary career

Turner's works include the bestselling Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation, published in 2004, and Geography of Hope: A Guided Tour of the World We Need, which was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award and the National Business Book Award and was listed on the Globe and Mail's 2007 "Globe 100" list of the best books of the year.[2]

Turner's magazine writing has earned him nine Canadian National Magazine Awards,[3] including the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence (the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing).[1]

Turner spent the winter of 2013 as the Writer in Residence at Berton House in Dawson City.

Chris Turner on Bookbits radio.


Books written by Turner include the following:[2]

  • ‘’The Patch: The People, Pipelinea and Politics of the Oilsands’’ (Simon and Schuster, 2017)
  • How to Breathe Underwater (Biblioasis, 2014)
  • The War on Science (Greystone Books, 2013)
  • The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy (Random House, 2011)
  • The Best Canadian Essays 2010 (Tightrope Books, 2010; contributor)
  • The Best Canadian Essays 2009 (Tightrope Books 2009; contributor)
  • The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House, 2007)
  • Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (Random House 2004, revised ed. 2008)


The Leap was a finalist for the 2012 National Business Book Award and longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. The Geography of Hope was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction, the National Business Book Award and the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction. Turner has received seven Canadian National Magazine Awards for his work in Shift, The Walrus and Alberta Views. His essay "Why Technology Is Failing Us (And How We Can Fix It)," won the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence, the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing.

Electoral politics

Turner ran as the Green Party candidate for the Calgary Centre federal by-election held on November 26, 2012.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c The Green Interview. Chris Turner Bio Archived April 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on: 2012-07-21.
  2. ^ a b c Canadian Writers Group. Chris Turner Biography. Retrieved on: 2012-07-21.
  3. ^ National Magazine Awards. Who Won the Most?. Retrieved on: 2012-07-21
  4. ^ CBC News (September 6, 2012). "Green Party candidate's campaign launches with transit focus".
  5. ^ "Calgary author Chris Turner to run for Greens in byelection". Calgary Herald. September 13, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.

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During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's breakout character and "Bartmania" ensued, spawning Bart Simpson-themed merchandise touting his rebellious attitude and pride at underachieving, which caused many parents and educators to cast him as a bad role model for children. Around the third season, the series started to focus more on the family as a whole, though Bart still remains a prominent character. Time named Bart one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, and he was named "entertainer of the year" in 1990 by Entertainment Weekly. Nancy Cartwright has won several awards for voicing Bart, including a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992 and an Annie Award in 1995. In 2000, Bart, along with the rest of his family, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Corporate Knights

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Canadian federal by-election, November 26, 2012: Calgary Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Joan Crockatt 10,191 36.87 −20.81 $95,251
Liberal Harvey Locke 9,033 32.68 +15.15 $97,025
Green Chris Turner 7,090 25.65 +15.74 $100,180
New Democratic Dan Meades 1,064 3.85 −11.01 $90,148
Independent Antoni Grochowski 141 0.51 $0
Libertarian Tony Prashad 121 0.44 $255
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,640 100.00 $102,128.86
Total rejected ballots 92
Turnout 27,732 29.51
Eligible voters 93,984
Conservative hold Swing −35.96
By-election due to the resignation of Lee Richardson.
Source: "November 26, 2012 By-elections". Elections Canada. November 27, 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.


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