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Tom Wayman Launches New Books at the Vancouver Public Library

Posted: June 8, 2007

The natural and human worlds of the southeastern BC mountains and valleys is a major focus of two new books by BC author Tom Wayman to be launched simultaneously on Thursday, June 14, 7:30pm, at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. The event, which includes a reading from each book, is part of the City Poets series.

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.

The reading is free and open to the public. Wayman's appearance is made possible in part with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, please phone the Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.