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Fiction Literary

The Heavy Bear

by (author) Tim Bowling

Publisher
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2017
Category
Literary, Magical Realism, Absurdist, Urban Life
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781928088325
    Publish Date
    Jun 2017
    List Price
    $20.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781928088486
    Publish Date
    Jun 2017
    List Price
    $9.99

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Description

What happens when a respectable middle-aged father, teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate, following the ghost of Buster Keaton and a vision of a bear?

About the author

Tim Bowling has published numerous poetry collections, including Low Water Slack; Dying Scarlet (winner of the 1998 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for poetry); Darkness and Silence (winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry); The Witness Ghost; and The Memory Orchard (both nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award). He is also the author of three novels, Downriver Drift (Harbour), The Paperboy's Winter (Penguin) and The Bone Sharps (Gaspereau Press). His first book of non-fiction, The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture (Nightwood Editions), was shortlisted for three literary awards: The Writers' Trust Nereus Non-Fiction Award, the BC Book Prizes' Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Alberta Literary Awards' Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. The Lost Coast was also chosen as a 2008 Kiriyama Prize "Notable Book." Bowling is the recipient of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, the National Poetry Award and the Orillia International Poetry Prize. Bowling was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. A native of the West Coast, he now lives in Edmonton Alberta. His latest collection of poetry is Tenderman (Nightwood), due out in fall 2011.

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Editorial Reviews

"Beautifully written, this is a book for readers, and for those looking for reassurance that middle-age doesn’t mark the end of personal creativity."

Now Toronto

"Bowling’s command of language is effortlessly beautiful; part of the brilliance of the novel is in the way it prompts you to consider your own engagement as a reader."

Quill & Quire

"There's enough humour and narrative action to keep the storyline compelling even as it meanders through thoughtful interludes.... The Heavy Bear is an inventive, introspective and thoroughly rewarding novel."

Lindy Reads and Reviews

"Every author has a verb. Munro dazzles, Morrison provokes, Atwood survives. Tim Bowling, quite simply, writes."

Alberta Views

"Bowling (The Tinsmith) takes readers on a zany Joycean journey through the streets of Edmonton."

Publishers Weekly

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