Books by Ryerson authors

Ryerson University is home to a diverse range of programs within seven faculties and naturally, this allows for alumni and professors with a variety of unique experiences. Among them include some really great writers from the School of Journalism, the Ted Rogers School of Management and more.

If you’re looking for something new to add to your reading list this year consider one of these:

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

Samra Habib


This memoir follows Samra Habib’s experience growing up in Pakistan and transition to life in Canada as a refugee, while also exploring her queer identity as a Muslim woman. She describes her experiences with an arranged marriage, racism, feminism and queer sexuality, as well as life as a Journalism student at Ryerson. This novel is blatantly honest and it tells a unique story that demands to be heard.  If that doesn’t sell you enough, this book is also the Canada Reads 2020 winner, the 2020 Lambda Literary Award Winner and a national bestseller!


Negotiating So Everyone Wins: Secrets You Can Use From Canada’s Top Business, Sports, Labour And Political Negotiators

David C. Dingwall


 David Dingwall is a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson that lectures on negotiation. He wrote about his own experiences and also approached top negotiators for their experiences when writing this book. This is a great read for before you start university as it is an accessible access point for anyone to learn how to be a better negotiator, which is a valuable skill to have no matter which program you are in.


Murdoch Mysteries: Except the Dying

Maureen Jennings


You might have heard of Murdoch Mysteries if you’re from Canada as it is a popular Canadian television drama series that has had over 200 episodes since 2004, but did you know it was based on novels by Maureen Jennings? Jennings is a talented writer who taught English at Ryerson in the 1960s and 1970s! Except the Dying is set in Toronto in 1985, and follows the mystery of a servant girl’s body being found in a laneway in the cold winter. If this intrigues your interest, you’ll be happy to find out there are eight other Murdoch Mystery books!


The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

Sam Maggs


Sam Maggs has a Master of Arts in Literature of Modernity from Ryerson and is an entertainment journalist contributor and an author of books, comics and video games. All of her experience combined allowed her to write a handbook for women about how to live a nerdy life in “geekdom,” a space often dominated by men. This is a must-read for any women who are into geek culture and want to learn about online fan communities, conventions and other tips. It is a Globe & Mail bestseller, Amazon National Bestseller and Goodreads’ Choice Nominee in Humour. Maggs also happens to be the author of Marvel Action: Captain Marvel.


Sister of Mine

Laurie Petrou


 Sister of Mine follows the suspenseful story of two sisters that have a secret that they cannot escape – the murder of one of their husbands. The novel follows their retreat to their family home and displays the struggles of resentment, sibling rivalry and debts that are unpaid. It is a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2018 and the winner of the International Half the World Global Literati Award. Laurie is an Associate Professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson and she also recently released another novel titled Love, Heather.


Friendly Fire: The Untold Story of the U.S. Bombing that Killed Four Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan

Mike Friscolanti


Mike Friscolanti is a graduate of Ryerson’s Master of Journalism program and was an award-winning reporter for the Toronto Star and the National Post before becoming a Senior Writer at Maclean’s Magazine. During his time at the National Post, he covered the 2002 Afghanistan story about a U.S. fighter pilot that mistook Edmonton soldiers for the enemy. Friscolanti was one of the most prominent reporters which led to him writing a book on the topic.

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