Books & Writing

Allan Boss his written professionally for over 20 years. He wrote and produced content for CBC Radio programs including The Debaters, Ideas, Sounds Like Canada, Between the Covers and others. He’s written articles for multiple magazines and newspapers in including The Montreal Mirror, Monday Magazine, The Georgia Straight, and The Globe and Mail.

Time is still when his fingers are clacking on a computer keyboard.


His forthcoming memoir The Memory Box: The story of a crash, a coma, and the human ability to rebound is a miraculous story of how he overcame a brain injury, turning a dire situation into the proverbial pot of gold: a full recovery and a well-rounded and successful life. 

Books written & edited (Click the titles to learn more or buy the books):

Identifying Mavor Moore (Playwrights Canada Press): Mavor Moore, the enigmatic, obscured figure behind many of the most important moments in building Canada’s theatrical and cultural landscape has largely been ignored by history. In this groundbreaking study of his work, Allan Boss re-locates Moore in Canada’s cultural history.

Discovering Mavor Moore (Playwrights Canada Press): In this collection, editor Allan Boss examines eight of Moore’s plays and musicals alongside the works themselves, some published here for the first time. From Moore’s first play to his most celebrated opera, Boss unearths texts that helped define a national theatre and shape Canadian identity, and by doing so provides an important addition to Canadian studies.

Alberta Anthology 2006 (Frontenac House): Allan Boss edited this collection of CBC Alberta Anthology contest winning stories, essays, poems and dramatic monologues by some of Alberta’s best writers. Judges of the contest were award winning Albertan writers: Governor General’s award winning writers Sharon Pollock (Dramatic Monologue), E.D. Blodgett (Poetry & Poetic Prose), Gloria Sawai (Short Story), and GG nominated writer Aritha van Herk (Creative Non-Fiction).

Alberta Anthology: The Best of CBC’s Alberta Anthology for 2005 (Red Deer Press): in 2005, Alberta’s Centennial, Allan Boss negotiated this publishing agreement and edited the first book in the 26 year history of Albeta’s premier writing contest. Past winners have included luminaries such as W.O. Mitchell, Tom Weyman, Connie Massing and Marty Chan. Judges for this year’s contest included Governor General’s Award winning writers Vern Thiessen, Karen Connelly, E.D. Blodgett, and Gloria Sawai. Alberta Anthology was produced and hosted by CBC’s Allan Boss.

Chapters and articles in books and magazines

Co-written with author Kelley Jo Burke, this chapter called The Future of Audio Drama appeared in the Westwords Anthology: Celebrating Western Canadian Theatre and Playwriting. Edited by Dr. Moira Day, the book was published by the Canadian Plains Research Centre Press at the University of Regina in 2010.

A regular contributor, Allan Boss wrote the following articles for Canadian Theatre Review magazine:

Post-WWII Theatre Recognized Or Yes Virginia, there was theatre in Canada before 1967” was a book review of Susan McNicoll’sThe Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History 1945–1953. Canadian Theatre Review (CTR) published the article in Vol. 156. Fall 2013.

Xstine Cook and Spirit of White Buffalo,” was an interview about Xstine Cook’s journey to work with First Nations craftspeople to construct a giant white buffalo that appeared at festivals, pow wows, and parades in Alberta. The article edited by Nelson Gray and Sheila Rabbillard appeared in Vol. 144, Fall 2010.

(Un)Related Purposes: Theatre, Law, & The Roncarelli Affair,” was an article for CTR about the ritualistic similarities between theatre and law as they related to a CBC television drama written by Mavor Moore about the trial of Maurice Duplessis. Reid Gilbert edited the article, published in Vol. 142. Spring 2010.

CBC Radio Drama in Alberta: Featuring Wild Rose Writers,” discussed radio drama in Canada with a focus on writers from Alberta. It looked at radio drama’s rise to popularity, and subsequent slump upon the development of television. Edited by Dr. Anne Nothoff, the article included a comprehensive list of radio drama’s written by Alberta playwrights. It appeared in Vol. 136, Fall 2008.

Selected Audio

Updrafts: (Ideas, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation): in 2002, Allan Boss was commissioned to write the story of his recovery from brain injury for CBC’s Ideas program. The program was broadcast nationally and internationally in 2003 and won nominations for a Gabriel Award a New York Festivals Award, a Prix Italia Award, and a Peabody Award in 2004.

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