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Tom Wayman Launches Two New Books

Posted: May 25, 2007

The natural and human worlds of the southeastern B.C. mountains and valleys is a major focus of two new books by University of Calgary author Tom Wayman to be launched simultaneously on May 31, 7 pm, at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 120 8th Ave. SW, Calgary. The event, which includes a reading from each book, is free and open to the public.

One of Wayman’s new titles is his first-ever collection of short stories, Boundary Country, jointly published by Saskatoon’s Thistledown Press and by Eastern Washington University Press of Spokane, Washington. Half of the twelve tales in Boundary Country are set in BC’s West Kootenay region today, while the other half range further a field in time and place.

The second of Wayman’s new volumes to be launched is High Speed Through Shoaling Water (Harbour Publishing), a new collection of his poems. Wayman's previous book of poems, My Father’s Cup (2002), was shortlisted for both the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry and the BC Book Prize for poetry. The poems in Wayman’s newest collection explore themes of daily work, the natural environment, aging and his responses to life in both the West Kootenays and Calgary.

Since 2002, Wayman has taught English and creative writing at the University of Calgary, where he is an associate professor. When not away teaching, he lives in Winlaw, BC. Wayman spent winter term 2007 as the Fulbright Visiting Chair in creative writing at Arizona State University. In October 2007, he will hold the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Chair at BC’s Malaspina University-College, Canada’s only endowed Poetry Chair.