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Peter Trower

author image Peter Trower (1930-2017) was born at St. Leonard's-on-Sea, England, in 1930. He immigrated to British Columbia at age ten, following the death of his test-pilot father in a plane crash. His mother married a West Coast pulp mill superintendent who drowned soon after. Trower quit school to work as a logger for twenty-two years. Since 1969, he published more than a dozen books of poetry—from which poems were selected for Haunted Hills & Hanging Valleys: Selected Poems 1969–2004—and contributed to several issues of Raincoast Chronicles and Vancouver Magazine. Poetry collections such as Moving Through Mystery (1969), Between the Sky and the Splinters (1974), The Alders and Others (1969) and Ragged Horizons (1978) express his admiration and resentment at the magisterial power of nature. He wrote three novels about the West Coast logging life: Grogan's Cafe (1993), Dead Man's Ticket (1996) and The Judas Hills (2000). In 2002, Trower was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award and had his name added to the BC Writers' Walk of Fame outside the Vancouver Public Library in recognition of his contribution to BC literature. He lived in North Vancouver, British Columbia with his faithful cat, Hangup.


Book Cover Dead Man's Ticket
978-1-55017-149-5 · 1-55017-149-6 · August 1996 · Paperback
CAD$21.95 · USD$21.95
"A pulpy romp through the seamy underbelly of Vancouver in the 1950s." -Vancouver Province
Book Cover Goosequill Snags
978-0-920080-58-0 · 0-920080-58-8 · 1983 · Paperback
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"Among the 'unknown poets' Peter Trower ranks with Milton Acorn. . . Haig-Brown is a prose parallel . . . but the voice is entirely Trower's own. A poet worth knowing." -Al Purdy
Book Cover Grogan's Cafe
978-1-55017-071-9 · 1-55017-071-6 · 1993 · Paperback
CAD$21.95 · USD$21.95
A riproaring tale with its feet on the ground and its heart in the woods, Grogan's Cafe is acclaimed writer Peter Trower's first novel.
Book Cover Haunted Hills and Hanging Valleys: Selected Poems 1969–2004
978-1-55017-311-6 · 1-55017-311-1 · April 2004 · Paperback
CAD$18.95 · USD$18.95
Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Jack Chalmers Poetry Award (2005) "It’s high time [Trower] was recognized more widely as the gifted and versatile force in Canadian poetry that he is. If this fine selection can’t garner such recognition, it’s hard to imagine what will." -Zach Wells, The Danforth Review
Book Cover The Judas Hills
978-1-55017-228-7 · 1-55017-228-X · October 2000 · Paperback
CAD$21.95 · USD$21.95
"For British Columbians who remember these legacies [of their province], and for those who never knew, The Judas Hills should be required reading." -The Georgia Straight Shortlisted for the 2001 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
Book Cover Unmarked Doorways
978-1-55017-003-0 · 1-55017-003-1 · 1989 · Paperback
CAD$12.95 · USD$12.95
". . . heft and passion and a gift for telling place and detail." -Irving Layton ". . . fine, strong, original-the kind of grassroots poetry that I am always on the lookout for." -Dorothy Livesay