Thomas Wharton (author)

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Thomas Wharton (born 25 February 1963), is a Canadian novelist.

A novelist is an author or writer of novels, though often novelists also write in other genres of both fiction and non-fiction. Some novelists are professional novelists, thus make a living writing novels and other fiction, while others aspire to support themselves in this way or write as an avocation. Most novelists struggle to get their debut novel published, but once published they often continue to be published, although very few become literary celebrities, thus gaining prestige or a considerable income from their work.



Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Wharton attended the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. He was a student of Rudy Wiebe and Greg Hollingshead. His first novel began as his M.A. thesis, under the supervision of Kristjana Gunnars. He worked on his PhD at Calgary with Aritha van Herk. Wharton is currently an associate professor of writing and English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and head of the creative writing program.

Grande Prairie City in Alberta, Canada

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Alberta Province of Canada

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University of Alberta university in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Writing and awards

Wharton's first book, Icefields (1995), was awarded the "Best First Book" in the Canada and Caribbean division of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Writers Guild of Alberta's "Best First Book Award", and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. [1] Icefields was a finalist in the Canada Reads competition in early 2008.[ citation needed ]

The Writers' Guild of Alberta (WGA) was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization for writers based in Alberta, Canada. It claims to be the largest provincial writers' organization in Canada, representing approximately 1,000 writers throughout the province.

The Banff Mountain Book Festival is an annual book festival held at the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada.

<i>Canada Reads</i> book contest

Canada Reads is an annual "battle of the books" competition organized and broadcast by Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC. The program has aired annually in two distinct editions, the English-language Canada Reads on CBC Radio One, and the French-language Le Combat des livres on Première Chaîne. The English edition has aired annually since 2002, while the French edition aired annually from 2004 to 2014, and was then discontinued until being revived in 2018.

His second book, Salamander (2002), won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was short-listed for the Governor General's Award for Fiction, [1] and the Grant MacEwan Author's Award (2002).[ citation needed ] It was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. [1]

The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize is a Canadian literary award presented by Rogers Communications and the Writers' Trust of Canada after an annual juried competition of works submitted by publishers. Alongside the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction and the Giller Prize, it is considered one of the three main awards for Canadian fiction in English.

The Logogryph was short listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. [2]

Wharton has published a three-volume fantasy novel for younger readers, The Perilous Realm. The three books are The Shadow of Malabron (2008), The Fathomless Fire (2012), and The Tree of Story (2013), published by Doubleday Canada and Walker/Candlewick (US/UK).

Wharton's most recent book is the self-published novel Every Blade of Grass (2014), the story of a decades-long correspondence between a man and woman who share a love for the wonders and oddities of nature.


NeWest Press is a Canadian publishing company. Established in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1977, the company grew out of a literary magazine, NeWest Review, which had been launched in 1975. Early members of the collective that established the company included writer Rudy Wiebe and University of Alberta academics Douglas Barbour, George Melnyk, and Diane Bessai.

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  1. 1 2 3 Wharton, item at English-Canadian writers, Athabasca University
  2. CBC: Wharton shortlisted for richest literary prize.