layne beckner


a little about me:

I spent my childhood with my nose in a book. I remember reading at picnics, in the car, late at night until I had a headache.

In my early twenties, my aunt, a librarian, messaged to say our local library was selling off loads of their old books. I bought boxes of the books and discovered my name on every check-out card from years before.

As an adult, my love for stories hasn’t waned, but now I write them too.

I have a master’s in labour studies from McMaster University and a bachelor’s in photojournalism and writing from Western Kentucky University. When I’m not writing, you can find me running around with my three not-so-littles, watering my garden, sipping wine and chatting with my chickens. During my adulting hours, I’m a professor of photography/design and run a media company with my husband.


team Petah.

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If I were stuck on a deserted island and could only watch one show for the rest of my life…

I honestly don’t know if I’d choose
The Office or Parks and Rec.

It’s the question that won’t go away.

I write book club fiction about things like class, power/privilege, racism, religion/faith, feminism, the environment, and all sorts of relationships. And of course, sisters. Always sisters.

*some* of my favourite books:

Beartown/Us Against You – Fredrick Backman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The Push – Ashley Audrain

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Educated – Tara Westover

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews

A Woman Is No Man – Etaf Rum

The Office of Historical Corrections – Danielle Evans

a few more of my fave reads:

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

The Paris Wife – Paula Mclain

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Commonwealth – Ann Patchett

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 

Valentine – Elizabeth Wetmore

Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

The Clay Girl – Heather Tucker

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

– Annie Dillard