Matt Mayr grew up in Manitouwadge, a small mining town north of Lake Superior, where he learned to hunt and fish from a young age. He studied English Literature at York University and Creative Writing at the Humber School for Writers. His first novel, Bad City, was published in 2015, and was a quarter finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. In 2016, he landed an Ontario Arts Council grant for the opening pages of Things Worth Burying. He lives in Toronto with his family, where he works as an arborist.
Things Worth Burying is one of 11 "best new reads in fiction" Spring 2020 - Globe and Mail
"exceptional sophomore novel . .. A gritty, yet heart-warming read, . .. Recommended, and added to the 2020 longlist for Best Fiction for ?The Very Best!? Book Awards. " The Miramichi Reader.
?a tense narrative, which is coherent, insightful and told from a working-class perspective. Like Steinbeck?s salt-of-the-earth migrant farmworkers, Mayr?s characters are real, rough and shaped by tough times. ?Mayr demonstrates a high level of literary craft. It takes the reader to core meanings of community, family and overcoming generational failure in a way that is contemporary, impactful and enduring. ? Ian Thomas Shaw, The Ottawa Review of Books.