Bert Archer

Author: Bert Archer

Profile: Bert Archer is a Canadian author, essayist, critic, travel writer and journalist. He was born in Montreal, Canada and lived in Vancouver and Calgary. He completed his education at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia and then went to the University of Toronto, and Trinity College Dublin and University of Toronto – St. George Campus.

Bert Archer has been writer for The Varsity, a student newspaper for the University of Toronto. He has also been editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, The Mike. The national book trade magazine, Quill & Quire, hired him as an editorial assistant in 1994. Later he worked as review editor when an article he wrote for the Financial Post was believed to contain certain derogatory remarks about certain elements in the publishing industry of Canada and he was forced to resign.

The largest circulation newspaper of Canada, the Toronto Star hired him as columnist to review books published by small publishers in Canada. Bert Archer has also worked as literary journalist and given space to write about books in some of the most prominent papers. He has been an editor since then at Now, the alternative arts magazine where he wrote about books and as production editor for the now defunct Eye Weekly for which he wrote op-ed pieces on regular basis. He has been a real estate columnist for the Toronto Life magazine. From the year 2006, Bert Archer has been working for many magazines, papers and sites in the U.S. and Canada as a freelancer.

Writing style: In his writings in his book, The End of Gay (and the Death of Heterosexuality) Bert Archer argues that there does not exist anything such as inherent sexual identity and that sexual behaviour is the result of various factors, with personal being not the least among them.

Published Texts:


QThe End of Gay: (and the Death of Heterosexuality)

 Awards and Acknowledgements:

2008 – National Magazine Award – one of a kind

2011 – National Magazine Award – Editorial package – print

2007 – National Magazine Award – Editorial package – print