Welcome to Canada (Paperback)
Porcupine's Quill, 9780889843202, 245pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
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Get out of the house, get out of town, go west, go north, head for the wilderness and suffer like a true Canadian. David Carpenter will take you there. His prose has more pop than Orville Reddenbacker.
About the Author
David Carpenter spent his first twenty-three years in Edmonton, working in the mountains during the summers as a car hop, a driver for Brewster Rocky Mountain Grayline, a fish stocker, a trail guide, and a folksinger. He read French and German at the University of Alberta to indifferent effect. He graduated and taught high school in Edmonton until 1965, then migrated south to do an M.A. in English at the University of Oregon. He returned to Canada in 1967 and once again taught school until the summer of 1969, when he enrolled for his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta.Between 1985 and 1988 Carpenter published a series of novellas and long stories -- "Jokes for the Apocalypse," "Jewels" and "God's Bedfellows." "Jokes for the Apocalypse" was runner up for the Gerald Lampert Award, and his novella "The Ketzer" won first prize in the Descant Novella Contest.In 1997 Carpenter turned to writing full-time. A first full-length novel, "Banjo Lessons" was published in 1997 and won the City of Edmonton Book Prize. During the early nineties he also finished the last of his personal and literary essays which make up "Writing Home," his first collection of nonfiction. The essays explore his engagements with such writers as Richard Ford, Mordecai Richler, the French writer/scientist Georges Bugnet, and the late Raymond Carver. Several of these pieces won prizes for literary journalism and for humour in the Western Magazine Awards. One of these essays was featured in an expanded form on CBC Radio's Ideas'. He brought out a second book of essays about life around home, a month-by-month salute to the seasons entitled "Courting Saskatchewan." It won the Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction.Throughout the years he has always been a passionate outdoorsman and environmentalist. This abiding love of lakes, trails, streams and campsites translates into city life in Saskatoon as well, where he lives with his wife, artist Honor Kever, and their son Will.