You won’t find Mark Leiren-Young in any pigeon hole. He is an author, journalist, scriptwriter, filmmaker, playwright, environmentalist and one-half of the award-winning comedy duo Local Anxiety. He works in print, film, television and theatre and has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Walrus, The Tyee and countless newspapers. His books run the gamut from hilarious to dead serious. His stint as a rookie reporter for The Williams Lake Tribune resulted in Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, winner of the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Free Magic Secrets Revealed is a hysterical coming-of-age memoir. His latest, a nominee for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, is The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, the timely story of Moby Doll, the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale.
Mark is a passionate advocate for whales and has warned that the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and resultant increase in tanker traffic will decimate the Southern Resident Orcas.