Aviaq Johnston

Aviaq Johnston is a writer from Igloolik, Nunavut.
Aviaq Johnston is an author of the YA novel Those Who Run in the Sky.

Aviaq Johnston is an Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut. Her first novel Those Who Run in the Skya coming-of-age story about a young shaman trapped in the spirit world, won the Indigenous Voices Award for most significant work of prose in English and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text. She is also the author of the charming children's book What's My Superpower? illustrated by Tim Mack.

In 2018, Johnston was named one of 18 Canadian writers to watch by CBC Books.

Books by Aviaq Johnston

Interviews with Aviaq Johnston

Aviaq Johnston freely admits the first book she ever wrote as a teen was terrible. But the author from Igloolik, Nunavut has moved on from a "Harry Potter rip-off" to a debut novel shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature. 7:41
Aviaq Johnston talks about her new book "Those Who Run in the Sky," which follows a young hunter who learns to become a leader. 6:50


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