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Brad Smith is the author of 14 novels, including The Return of Kid Cooper, winner of the 2019 Spur Award, and Copperhead Road, short-listed for the 2022 Hammett Award.
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Internationally acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Brad Smith is the author of 14 novels to date, including The Return of Kid Cooper, winner of the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, One-Eyed Jacks, short-listed for the Dashiell Hammett Award, Copperhead Road, short-listed for the 2022 Dashiell Hammett Award, and All Hat, adapted to a feature film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, starring Luke Kirby, Rachael Leigh Cooke and Keith Carradine. Smith also wrote and directed the Bravo short, Fading Fast.

Smith’s writing draws on his wellspring of experiences working across Canada, the U.S. and Africa, at a variety of jobs, including railway signalman, truck driver, bartender, ditch digger, school teacher, farmer, maintenance electrician and roofer. He lives in a 90-year-old farmhouse in Ontario.


RISES A MORAL MAN – 1990 – Penumbra Press

ONE-EYED JACKS – 2000 – Doubleday Canada

ALL HAT – 2003 – Penguin Canada

BUSTED FLUSH – 2005 – Penguin Canada

BIG MAN COMING DOWN THE ROAD – 2007 – Penguin Canada

RED MEANS RUN – 2012 – Simon & Schuster Canada

CROW’S LANDING – 2013 – Simon & Schuster Canada

SHOOT THE DOG – 2014 – Simon & Schuster Canada

ROUGH JUSTICE – 2016 – Severn House

HEARTS OF STONE – 2017 – Severn House

THE RETURN OF KID COOPER – 2018 – Skyhorse

THE GOLIATH RUN – 2020 – At Bay Press

CACTUS JACK – 2020 – Skyhorse




ALL HAT – Premiere Toronto International Film Festival 2007


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Well…not a book per se but Mad Magazine. I thought it was too subversive!

In Huckleberry Finn – when Huck finds out if he saves the slave Jim, he’ll go to hell. “All right then, I’ll just go to hell.”


Baseball scores, my golf game, my vegetable garden, etc...

To invent a time machine. I have a nagging feeling I was born in the wrong century.

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