Warren Kinsella

The Centre of the Universe.

Warren Kinsella is a raconteur, bon vivant, and – occasionally – a Toronto-based lawyer, author and consultant. He is not profound, but it is said that he can be useful in a stick-swinging, bench-clearing brawl. He once wanted to be a Jesuit priest, but failed the entrance exam. Born in Montreal in August 1960, Warren has lived all over the place, but most often regards Calgary as home. Calgary is happy that he resides in latté-sipping, Volvo-driving, secular humanist Central Canada, with the rest of his smart aleck socialist pals. Warren has four kids, all of whom love Bad Religion.

In May 2006, Warren set up a firm called the Daisy Consulting Group; his daughter liked the name, and that was good enough for Warren. Previously, he was a special assistant to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, and chief of staff in a pile of federal ministries. Bob Rae calls him “that stupid blogger.” Peter C. Newman, meanwhile, has said: “Warren Kinsella can have an effect on as many Canadians as The New York Times.”

Warren has written nine books: one on international terrorism, called Unholy Alliances (Lester, 1992); a national bestseller about organized racism, titled Web of Hate (HarperCollins, 1994, and republished in 1996 and 2001); a best-selling novel, Party Favours (HarperCollins, 1997); a book about political communications, called Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics (Random House, 2001); and Fury’s Hour: A Sort-of Punk Manifesto (Random House, 2005), about the punk movement. If you buy more than five copies, Warren will come to your house and wash your car. The National Post called Fury’s Hour one of the best books of 2005. His book on strategic communications and stuff like that, is called The War Room (Dundurn, 2007). The Toronto Sun calls it a “must read.” Nice.

His book predicting Trumpism, Fight The Right, was published in North America in 2012 by Random House. The Hill Times called “one of the best books of the year.” The Huffington Post said it is “absolutely on the money” and “well worth picking up.”

His most recent book, Recipe For Hate, was published by Dundurn in 2017. Quill and Quire called it “a suspenseful page-turner.” Publisher’s Weekly called it “fascinating...a unflinching page-turner.” The Globe and Mail called it “absorbing, jarring and raw.” And Apple iBooks called it one of the best books of the month it was published!

His next book, New Dark Ages, is out in Fall 2018. At the moment, he teaches at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.

  • Work
    • www.daisygroup.ca
  • Education
    • Journalism, Carleton '84; Law, Calgary '87.