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Thomas Wharton


Brown Book, Turning


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."


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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 books/images/Icefields.jpg



 Thomas Wharton, 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. ../ef_wharton.jpg


The Logogryph
Thomas Wharton
Gaspereau Press

"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, Winter 2004

"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 reviewcovers_100/Logogryph.jpg


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