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David Carpenter

David Carpenter spent his first twenty-three years in Edmonton, working during the summers as a car hop, a driver for Brewster Rocky Mountain Grayline, a fish stocker, a trail guide, and a folksinger. He read French and German at the University of Alberta to indifferent effect. He graduated and taught high school in Edmonton until 1965, then migrated south to do an M.A. in English at the University of Oregon. He returned to Canada in 1967 and once again taught school until the summer of 1969, when he enrolled for his Ph. D. at the University of Alberta.

Between 1985 and 1988 Carpenter published a series of novellas and long stories -- Jokes for the Apocalypse, Jewels and God's Bedfellows. Jokes for the Apocalypse was runner up for the Gerald Lampert Award, and his novella The Ketzer won first prize in the Descant Novella Contest.

In 1997 Carpenter turned to writing full-time. A first novel, Banjo Lessons was published in 1997 and won the City of Edmonton Book Prize. During the early nineties he also finished the last of his personal and literary essays which make up Writing Home, his first collection of nonfiction. The essays explore his engagements with such writers as Richard Ford, the French writer/scientist Georges Bugnet, and the late Raymond Carver. Several of these pieces won prizes for literary journalism and for humour in the Western Magazine Awards. One of these essays was featured on CBC Radio's `Ideas`. He brought out a second book of essays about life around home, a month-by-month salute to the seasons entitled Courting Saskatchewan. It won the Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction.

Throughout the years he has always been a passionate outdoorsman and environmentalist. This abiding love of lakes, trails, streams and campsites translates into city life in Saskatoon as well, where he lives with his wife, artist Honor Kever, and their son Will.

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A Hunter's Confession

A Hunter's Confession

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Courting Saskatchewan

Courting Saskatchewan

A Celebration of Winter Feasts, Summer Loves & Rising Brookies
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Fishing in Western Canada

Fishing in Western Canada

A Freshwater Guide
edition:Paperback
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Niceman Cometh
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'All through June and July, Glory clung to the following resolution: under no circumstances would she allow herself to be ambushed by Ricky Bullerd... She might run the risk of seeing him at his old game, trolling for bimbos.... She even resolved never to turn the dial to CHAF Radio, in case she happened to hear his patter on Night Howl.... Ricky was a man with a dream, a golden voice, and a fatal flaw. He was flesh-foolish. He wanted to be loved by great armies of women, he craved it.'

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Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Uncommon Views
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The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir
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The Gold

The Gold

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The Literary History of Saskatchewan

The Literary History of Saskatchewan

Volume 2 ~ Progressions
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The Literary History of Saskatchewan: Volume 1

The Literary History of Saskatchewan: Volume 1

Volume 1
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