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.


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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

“Stewart Bell has discovered a fascinating little known piece of history and spun it into an intriguing book that is well worth reading.” Blackberry Books 

…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

“…extensively researched and well-written…” – The Washington Times

“…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)

“Highly captivating … like a script right out of Hollywood.” – Toni Osborne

“…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

May 24, 2016 — Fishy Goat Man: read Stewart’s piece on conspiracy theorists in Coast Mountain Culture.

April 30, 2016 — The 223: the exclusive story of a secret all-Western elite fighting unit in Syria.

October 28, 2014 — Stewart’s Time magazine column.

March 25, 2014 — Release of paperback Bayou of Pigs by Harper Collins Canada. Available now from Amazon and Chapters-Indigo


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.


Latest Articles

PERTH—Exclusive interview with Canadian military vet who joined fight against ISIS

CALGARY—The Path to Extremism: How a Calgary youth ended up dead in Syria

TORONTO—Terror suspect got Canada to erase his criminal past

TORONTO—”I wanted to send a message,” suspect in Al Qaeda train plot says in interview

CALGARY—The Ghosts of Dos Erres

TORONTO—The inside story of Project Smooth

BOOK REVIEW—My Heart is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik

GUANTANAMO BAY—How a 9/11 widow stared down Al Qaeda

VANCOUVER—The Canadian wanted for a Hezbollah bus bombing

OTTAWA—Secret memo to PM downplayed higher Canadian casualty rates in Afghanistan

TORONTO—Eritrean envoy expelled over extortion racket that financed rogue military

VANCOUVER—The Inside Story of the MV Sun Sea Human Smuggling Operation

PAKISTAN—The Abbottabad Papers: Files found in bin Laden’s compound named Canada as target


BOOK REVIEW: The Finish by Mark Bowden

TORONTO—The Convert: How a young Canadian boxer joined a rebel faction in Dagestan

SRI LANKA—The Faces of the Vanquished


Khyber Pass: photo by Stewart Bell


Declassified documents posted on Scribd


April 14, 2014—Sun TV interviews Stewart about the paperback release of Bayou of Pigs

August 24, 2013—Stewart talks to Rudy Maxa about his investigation into birth tourism.

May 2, 2013–BBC’s The World interviews Stewart about William Plotnikov and the Boston bomber.

May 18, 2009–Hear Stewart interviewed about Sri Lanka on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Stewart talks about his new book on CTV’s Canada AM.

Watch the Bayou of Pigs video trailer on YouTube. Click above to view.