Newfoundland author Paul Bowdring, winner of the BMO Winterset Award for 2014 for “The Strangers’ Gallery,” will kick off his tour of the Atlantic provinces in Corner Brook this Saturday.
A resident of St. John’s, Bowdring is known to fellow writers in the province as a long-time editor of the Newfoundland and Labrador literary magazine, Tickleace. He is also associate editor of Fiddlehead Magazine located in Fredericton, N.B.
“The Strangers’ Gallery” is an historical novel set in modern times that braids the lives of an archivist, a Newfoundland patriot and a Dutchman, who comes to St. John’s searching for the father he never knew.
John Steffler, Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada and a former professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has described the book as “a rich and expansive novel, comic and erudite, wise and down-to-earth in its depiction of the joys and disappointments of the modern world.”
Bowdring has published two previous novels, “The Roscesvalles Pass” in 1989 and “The Night Season” in 1997. The latter received wide critical acclaim in Canada and was broadcast nationally on CBC’s Between the Covers. Bowdring will read from “The Strangers’ Gallery” at The White Horse Lounge, 14 Herald Ave. beginning at 8 p.m.