Jonathan Crowe’s long-running blog, The Map Room
(2003–2011), was called “one of the finest map blogs on the Internet.”¹ Other web projects include DFL
, a blog about last-place finishes at the Olympics that made him world famous for 15 minutes in 2004; and Gartersnake.info
, a website for garter snake keepers.
He reviews Canadian science fiction for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review
; edits an Aurora Award-nominated science fiction fanzine, Ecdysis
; and has published essays in The New York Review of Science Fiction
and the Ottawa Citizen
As a commentator on maps and the Olympics, he has been interviewed or featured by Agence France-Presse, the BBC World Service, the Boston Globe, CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, Folha de São Paolo, the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Ottawa Sun, Reuters, RTÉ, Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and the West Quebec Post, among others.
Jonathan studied European history at the universities of Winnipeg, Waterloo and Alberta, which circuitously led to stints as a reporter for a small-town weekly newspaper, a writer of briefing notes, and an editor of government regulations and ministerial correspondence.
He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his partner, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes.
¹ Mike Parker, Map Addict (London: Collins, 2009), p. 324.