Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

The Tinsmith

Tim Bowling
The Tinsmith
Brindle & Glass Publishing

Tim Bowling

Jury Citation 

"Lyrical in both its beauty and its horror, The Tinsmith reveals a writer at the height of his powers. From the battlefields of the American Civil War to the salmon canning wars in British Columbia, Bowling creates vivid worlds that move us. In John Dare – the heir to both of these conflicts – we meet a character of great moral complexity, a man trying to come to grips with the mystery at the heart of his identity. Bowling’s vision is grand, fierce and bloody."

About the Book

Anson Baird, a Union army surgeon, is in the midst of the bloodiest single-day battle of the American Civil War. As the pile of dismembered limbs continues to grow, a soldier named John offers much needed front line assistance. Baird soon discovers that his new friend is not a soldier at all, but an escaped slave in need of help himself. Twenty years later, Baird travels to the Fraser River after receiving a telegram from John, who is now a successful salmon canner facing threats from violent rivals. By the time Baird arrives in British Columbia, his old friend is missing, and Baird finds himself in the centre of a conflict reminiscent of his prior experience in battle.

About the Author

A native of the west coast and current resident of Edmonton, Tim Bowling has authored ten collections of poetry, two works of nonfiction, and four novels. His memoir, The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture, was shortlisted in 2007 for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize.

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Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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