The Book End

Every Friday in this spot True North Perspective will feature a book by a Canadian writer. The presentation will not be a review. It will include a profile of the author written by him/herself and about the product of the author’s literary labours. If a reader wants to file a review we’ll publish it. Today we offer the award winning Run of the Town by Terry West. Looking forward.  — Carl Dow, Editor.

"Your mother lets you out to watch two lumberjacks in a vicious fist-fight. "Just stay back", she warns. You have Run of the Town. This is Hearst, Northern Ontario and environs, mid-20th century. Author West has evoked with first-hand loving care the raw, individualist, sensual, sub-arctic bush town persona by offering up 17 stories separate but simultaneously bound by a thin but unbreakable thread. A fine achievement!" -BRIAN DOYLE, 2005 winner of the prestigious NSK Neustadt International prize, from World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma for Children's Literature

"Stories that are "rampant with memory" ....sensitive, thoughtful, funny, sometimes sad, but always honest: reading them creates a movie in the mind"-PAT HOLLOWAY, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa.

"A pure delight. Set at the end of WWII, these snapshots of our Canadian past weave history and bittersweet but heartwarming memories into timeless accounts that will be treasured by youth and adults alike. A wonderful addition to Canadian literature, illuminating our collective past in a sensitive and relevant way."  -SUSAN ANNE NOUVET, Principal, Ottawa   

About the Author

Terry West is a retired Ottawa high-school teacher/administrator (Brookfield, Hillcrest, Glebe, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Tech). He lives with his wife Peggy in Ottawa and spends his non-writing, free time discussing the creative process with students, book clubs, service groups and church organizations. Winter weekends he can be found at his chalet near Wakefield, Quebec. Summers are spent at the cottage in Hearst.

Run of the Town is West’s second book. His first was Ripe for the Picking, a novel published in 2004, of which John Trent—past Secretary-General, International Political Science Association—said: “a page turner ... filled with engaging characters, meaningful dialogue and non-stop action; looks like Canada has found itself a new master of the political thriller.”

West is working on his third book, a novel set in Canada and Spain in the 1930s, in which two Montrealers, one Jewish the other upper-class French Canadian, find themselves on opposite sides of the Spanish Civil war.