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Award-winning Ladner Author to Launch New Book

Posted: August 24, 2007

Ladner-born-and-raised author Tim Bowling returns to his home town to launch his first book of non-fiction, The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture (Nightwood Editions), on Thursday, September 6.

Bowling—who is currently living in Edmonton—is an award-winning writer who has garnered national and international acclaim for his poetry and novels. Among his awards are the Canadian Authors Association National Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, the Orillia International Poetry Prize and the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Book Award. He has also been a finalist for two Governor General’s Awards.

Part memoir, part environmental plea, The Lost Coast is a lyrical, impassioned lament for the home Bowling once knew and for the river that continues to haunt his imagination. Raised in a gillnetting family, Bowling was a fisherman himself until the mid-1990s. The loss of the West Coast’s traditional resource-industry culture is felt deeply by Bowling as a betrayal of his birthright and a decimation of our heritage. What is the story behind the pioneers who built this country? What is the secret life of the killer whale and the great blue heron? And above all else, who caused, and continues to hasten, the diminishment of the Pacific salmon, British Columbia’s most totemic creature? With a poet’s attention to details of the spirit, and a novelist’s flair for character and story, Bowling elevates his cherished homeland to the realm of enduring myth.

He will be reading from The Lost Coast at the Ladner Pioneer Library (4683 51st Street, Delta) on September 6 at 7:00 pm. This event is made possible in part by the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and admission is free. For more information, please phone the library at 604-946-6215.