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Award-winning Author Tim Bowling Launches The Lost Coast in Edmonton

Posted: October 22, 2007

Tim Bowling, winner of the 2007 Alberta Book Award for Poetry, has turned his pen to non-fiction. He launches The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture (Nightwood Editions), on Sunday, October 28 at 2pm at The Upper Crust Café, 10909 86th Avenue in Edmonton.

Bowling has garnered national and international acclaim for his poetry and novels. In addition to the Alberta Book Award for Poetry, he has won the Canadian Authors Association National Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize and the Orillia International Poetry Prize. He has also twice been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

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, one of Canada’s most totemic creatures? 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.

Bowling has also published a highly acclaimed third novel, The Bone Sharps (Gaspereau) earlier this year; his latest poetry collection, Fathom (Gaspereau) won the Alberta Book Award for Poetry earlier this month. Admission to the reading at The Upper Crust Café is free. For more information, please email