Emma Hooper: Biography

Emma Hooper

Emma Hooper is a Canadian author and academic from Alberta. Her debut novel ‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’ was published in 2015 and became an international bestseller. It has been translated into 18 different languages and published in 23 different territories.

‘Emma and Otto and Russell and James’ is a novel which tells the story of a woman in her eighties who one morning decides to pack a few essential items and to set off on a walk into the wild, leaving her confused husband behind. She describes the raw beauty of the Canadian mountains and flashes back throughout the lives of the main characters to explain the history of this often forgotten part of the world. Hooper described her novel as “A love letter to my homeland, the Canadian prairies”.

In addition to being a successful author, Hooper is also a professional musician. She plays solo concerts and gigs, naming her electronic viola and voice act ‘Waitress for Bees’. She writes her own songs, many of which are about animals and their antics. She has been employed to play for the BBC, HBO, Real World Studios, Newton Faulkner and Toni Braxton both as a solo artist and as a member of a string quartet called The Stringbeans.

Emma Hooper now lives in the United Kingdom with her baby son. She divides her time between her duties as an author, her career as a musician and her academic research about robots, pop culture and gender studies.