|Thomas Wharton is a writer, a scholar and an explorer. Born in the city of Grande Prairie in northern
Alberta, Wharton has moved through a string of Alberta cities and towns, including Edmonton, Peace River and Calgary. Still,
it was living in Jasper that made the strongest impact on his life. "It was in Jasper that I decided I wanted to be a writer,"
says Wharton, "The town - its people, not just the setting - made a deep impression on me."|
Icefields is a story of adventure and discovery that unfolds amidst the stunning beauty of the Canadian
Rockies. Presented within the frame of a tourist guidebook, this novel records life in the mountains, as time and the coming
of the railroad slowly transform the settlement of Jasper from a place of myth and legend to a modern tourist town. Exhaustively
researched, this novel blends geology and poetry, fact and fiction, history and imagination. For all who have visited the
Canadian Rockies, Icefields is a chance to capture a piece of that magical atmosphere and bring it home, and for those
who haven’t, Icefields is chance to explore this vast territory.
Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book on the Carribean and Canadian Region 1996; Henry Kriesel Award
for Best First Book 1996; Alberta Book Cover Award 1996; Banff National Park Award 1996; Grand Prize for Best Book Overall
at the Banff Mountain Book Festival 1995; Broadman Tasker 1997; Grant MacEwan College Book 1998-1999
Edmonton, for Salamander (McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada) (ISBN 0-7710-8833-7)
Thomas Wharton challenges our ideas of reading,
writing and human invention in this witty and challenging novel. Blending the best of modernism and post-modern storytelling,
Salamander playfully embraces a richly imagined world beyond the mundane.
"This is a stunning work of bookmaking. This
is not a novel. Nor, really short stories. It is more a prayer to the book muse."
—Chris O'Brien, Independently Reviewed,
"He remains one of the few Canadian writers to have been profiled in People magazine, and likely the only one to have
been photographed making a snow angel. What we have here is a wise, ecstatic, information-laden compendium on books and reading
coupled with a story on love, coping with death, and the reality of the imagined life."
—Gordon Morash, Prairie Books
Now, Fall/Winter 2004