I was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and have lived in this province all my life, in such places as Jasper, Peace River, and Calgary. I studied writing at the University of Alberta with Greg Hollingshead, Kristjana Gunnars, and Rudy Wiebe, and with Aritha van Herk at the University of Calgary. My first novel, Icefields (1995), chronicles the early years of Jasper, Alberta. It won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean division, and the inaugural Banff Mountain Book grand prize. My second novel, Salamander (2001), told the story of an eighteenth-century printer trying to print an infinite book. It was short-listed for the … Read More...
That rare and elusive volume, The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books, is now available as a beautiful PDF, complete with Wesley Bates’ charming illustrations, on the Gaspereau Press website.
An excerpt from my upcoming novel, Every Blade of Grass, to be published this summer. “Before email, Facebook, and Twitter, people wrote letters. Wharton’s new genre-defining eco-romance is based on a true-life correspondence between a man and a woman living on opposite sides of a continent. James Wheeler and Martha Geddes meet at an environmental… [Continue Reading]
A very kind review/recommendation of my first novel, Icefields, at the 101GreatReads blog.
“Thank you for relaying Professor Magnusson’s tale of the Arctic frog – this is just the kind of strange little-known fact I can’t resist. Here’s one that a birdwatching friend happened to mention the other day: owls are the only birds that can see the colour blue. I have no idea if this is an… [Continue Reading]
House hunting They’d left the last Starbucks behind hours ago. Past the last streetlights and the last fire hydrants the realtor led them. Through the outermost subdivisions and beyond, into the unpaved territories. There were no roads here, no signposts, only grass and bushes and trees, and low, muddy patches you had to be… [Continue Reading]