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Award-Winning Author Returns to Winnipeg

Posted: May 3, 2007

Award-winning author David Zieroth, originally from Manitoba, returns to his home province to read from his ground-breaking book of poetry The Village of Sliding Time (Harbour Publishing, $16.95) at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park, 1120 Grant Avenue in Winnipeg, on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8pm.

In The Village of Sliding Time, a book-length narrative poem, an adult narrator opens his apartment door to find a younger version of himself waiting for him. The boy becomes his guide on a profound journey from 21stcentury suburban Vancouver to the 1950s Canadian prairies and back again. Along the way, time slides magically back and forth between the narrator’s contemporary existence and his childhood village life.

The Village of Sliding Time, a marvellously achieved addition to Zieroth’s work, is a major contribution to the long poem in Canada.

David Zieroth was born in Neepawa, Manitoba. He worked for the CBC and House of Anansi in Toronto before taking a job as a park naturalist in the BC Interior, where he wrote his famous collection Mid-River. His other poetry books include Clearing; When the Stones Fly Up; How I Joined Humanity at Last, which won the 1999 Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry; and Crows Do Not Have Retirement. His acclaimed memoir, The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill, A Country Boyhood, made “The Globe 100” in 2002. In the late 1990s he reclaimed his original first name David after being known as Dale since elementary school. Zieroth taught creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, where he also edited the magazine Event. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.