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You've stumbled upon my website dedicated to my writing. Although wasn't my day job, for more than 16 years I wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun. It also occasionally appeared in other Sun papers, as well as being a regular weekly columnist for The National Post, London Free Press and the Toronto Sun. Until its demise I was a regular "pundit" appearing on the Sun News Network and frequently quoted in such publications as the Huffington Post and the CBC. I also have written freelance articles for several magazines like Canadian Lawyer Magazine and other publications.

Since the end of August I have been doing a weekly radio show with Steven Kerzner (Ed the Sock's human alter ego) on Canadian politics. It will run throughout the 2015 federal election and beyond..

I've archived some of my columns on my blog here: Stephen's Parking Space. And it's free! Where are the rest of the columns from the last few years? Glad you asked. Let me direct your attention to the book on the right. If you write long enough eventually you have enough material for a book. A Chip Off The Old Writer's Block is a collection of almost 100 of my best columns (okay, maybe not best, but some of them are pretty good) and is available now as an eBook. That's right - technology baby. It is also available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. While you're at it, check out my World War II thriller, The Last Blitzkrieg.

I'm currently working on other writing, including a personal account of Canadian nationalism and an ambitious novel best described as a gothic feminist horror love story (you'll see). I also do some public speaking and political commentary on my blog and as a devoted Twitterer.

On this website you'll also find a short tribute to my late father, Toronto Star columnist Gary Lautens who passed away more than 20 year ago now. There's also a short biography and two of his favourite columns reproduced here. Look for his columns in "Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul", "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Treasury", "Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul", and "Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul". (That's a lot of Chicken Soup.)

Speaking of which, my own stories have appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books - 4 so far with the most recent in February, 2015. One of my stories appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul" (May, 2008). Pretty appropriate, eh? I've already cashed my cheque and blown it on a tank of gas, so I'm not getting rich on sales, but I do like the article (page 252 - thanks for asking).

Another story of mine appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul - O Canada, The Wonders of Winter,in 2013 and again in 2014 in Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas in Canada, now available in bookstores, airports and book clubs all over the western hemisphere. It was #1 bestseller in Canada for months. Look for me again in this year's Chicken Soup for the Soul - Hope & Miracles.

For a look at my slightly more scholarly writing, check my recent cover stories for Canadian Lawyer Magazine.


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© Stephen Lautens 1997-2015



I have an on-again, off-again relationship with my blog. It has recently found new life as a snarky add-on to my Twitter activity and to archive my columns. It's mostly political, but can be a lot of fun (for me anyway).

You can find some of my recent columns on with my blog.. I was going to say "enjoy", but I read your letters. If you're looking for "Golden Oldies" this site has an archive of columns from 1997 to 2003.

Here's a collection of my columns in brand spankin' new eBook form so you can carry me on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo or whatever for only $2.99.

Here's my novel that blends fact and fiction about the closing days of World War II into a thriller in the tradition of The Eagle has Landed.

The Russians are at the gates of Berlin. The war is won. Or is it? Even as the Red Army deals Nazi Germany its death blow, Hauptmann Träger, reluctant hero of the Reich, is working his way to the heart of Moscow with the last of Germany’s wonder weapons. The Last Blitzkrieg is a fast-paced thriller woven around real people and actual historical events sometimes more surprising than fiction.

Available now at Smashwords and iTunes as an eBook so you can carry me on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kobo or whatever for only $5.99.