Stewart Bell is an award-winning journalist and the author of Bayou of Pigs, The Martyr’s Oath and the national bestseller Cold Terror. His magazine article about child soldiers in West Africa, “Guerrilla Girls,” was awarded the Amnesty International prize. In 2009, he won the South Asian Journalists Association award for his coverage of the Sri Lankan conflict. “The Terrorist Next Door,” about the Algerian terrorist known as the Millennium Bomber, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and was made into a CTV television movie. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his writing on terrorism.
Bayou of Pigs: The Reviews
“…wickedly fun and funny … Bell does what he does best: weave a fascinatingly improbable but true tale about a group of crazy Canadians and Americans doing stupid things in the name of their causes … He does that entertainingly and well.” – Literary Review of Canada
“…extraordinary story…” – Reader’s Digest Australia
…sharply written narrative…Bayou of Pigs has something for everyone:
high drama mixed with Pythonesque turns, politics, steamy sexual innuendo
and plot twists that would put a smile on the face of John le Carre.” – Toronto Star
“…a riveting tale.” – Montreal Gazette
“With Bayou of Pigs, [Bell] continues to cement his reputation as one of
Canada’s leading investigative journalists, one whose work is on par with
that of American writers such as Mark Bowden and Jon Lee Anderson…
fascinating book.” – The Vancouver Sun
Sri Lanka: photo by Stewart Bell
“…a terrific account…Bayou of Pigs evidences some nice research, lightly
delivered, engaging portraits of the plot’s quixotic yet scary principals, and
moves along at a crisp pace. In sum, it often reads like a fantastical plot-driven
thriller. Which makes it all the spookier for being true.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“…blockbuster book…” – The Chronicle (Dominica)
“… a three stooges-esque plot by a group of mercenaries who were in reality cross dressers and neo-Nazis. … an exploration of how not to plan and conduct a coup d’etat.” – Gulf Latitudes (New Orleans)
“Stewart Bell’s entertaining Bayou of Pigs has its comic side: a comedy of
errors about incompetent mercenaries … And its sober side: it’s a true story
about dangerous men … ” – Maclean’s
…sounds like a blockbuster movie plot…” – Canada AM
“…a story of one of history’s more bizarre crime plots…worth reading.” – Sharp: Canada’s Magazine for Men
“…well-written…I could hardly put the book down…” – Dominica Weekly
“…a fine piece of investigative journalism…” – Warren Kinsella, author of Web of Hate
“…excellent…I think you’ll get a lot of fun out of reading this…” – Michael Harris, CFRA
“…tells the true story of this bizarre plot that will leave you laughing over how stupid they were, and disconcerted over how close they came to succeeding.” – CIUT
“…an important contribution to the documented history of Dominica, as well as a fascinating read.” – Paul Crask, author of Dominica (Bradt Travel Guide)
“…Selten hat man ein Buch gelesen, das einen realen, eigentlich sehr ernsten Hintergrund so unpathetisch und fast schon mit einem Schmunzeln darstellt. Da das Buch auf Interviews mit den Beteiligten basiert, wird nur zu verständlich, dass diese ?Mission? scheitern musste.” – Börsen-Kurier (Austria)
“…bien documenté. Un livre a lire pour tous ceux qui veulent tout savoir sur le terrorisme au Canada.” – Le Journal de Montreal (Terreur froide)
“…offers an insightful account of the way in which Al Qaeda and similar groups recruit…” — Books in Canada (The Martyr’s Oath)
“Bell’s investigative temperament leads the book beyond simple answers…” — Quill & Quire (The Martyr’s Oath)
“solidly documented book … he has done an enormous service.” — The Christian Science Monitor (Cold Terror)
News & Events
October 28, 2014 — Stewart’s Time magazine column.
October 12, 2013 — The CIBC MidWeek South Asian Award was presented to Stewart for his writing.
August 12, 2013 — Bayou of Pigs movie adaptation announced in Playback.
July 16, 2012–On the Smuggler’s Trail, Stewart’s series with photographer Brent Lewin, was the winner of the South Asian Journalists Association award for “outstanding enterprise reporting.” Winners were announced in Washington, D.C. on July 14.