Since I am attending the Rural Libraries Conference hosted by the Peace Library System in Grande Prairie this Friday, I thought it would be appropriate to recommend the writing of Albertan author, Thomas Wharton, for your Friday Reads pleasure this weekend. Thomas was born in Grande Prairie!
I have two of Tom’s books on the Alberta Books Canada display table at this conference. Both are volumes in his The Perilous Realm YA Fantasy Trilogy. The third book in the series will be published next year.
Thomas is an award-winning author who has previously published critically acclaimed fiction for adults. He received his PhD from the University of Calgary after working with Aritha van Herk, another ABC Friday Reads author. Wharton is currently a professor of writing and English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and head of the creative writing department.
Here’s a link to a great book trailer created for his latest release, The Fathomless Fire.
And here’s a post that Thomas wrote for his blog on being an Alberta writer.
And there’s a double-barreled reason for reading Thomas’s books this weekend – he will also be reading and signing books at Word on the Street in Lethbridge on Sunday!