Born December 28, 1947 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Dickinson moved to Vancouver in 1977. A high school teacher in Lillooet, he won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1991 for Blue Husbands and it was also nominated for the Governor General's Award. His first novel The Crew reprises one of his characters, Mike Kozicki, who contends with prostrate trouble, an estranged daughter, an ex-girlfriend and a strike that prevents his landscaping crew from working.

Set in London during the IRA crisis in 1974, Don Dickinson's Rag & Bone Man (Coteau) follows the misadventures of an unemployed Canadian hockey player named Rob Hendershot who is led into intrigue by his 83-year-old roommate. As a somewhat naive Canadian who went to England to play pro hockey, Hendershot is perplexed by the volatile politics of the era as he looks for love in some of the wrong places--and in an art studio. To make ends almost meet, he works as an artist's model, posing as a modern day Beowulf for the mesmerizing artist, Margaret Lowenstein, with whom he is smitten. Don Dickinson lived in London during the time period described. His first work of fiction was published in 1982.

BOOKS:

Third Impressions (Oberon, 1982) [Co-author]
Fighting the Upstream (Oberon, 1987)
Blue Husbands (Porcupine's Quill, 1991)
The Crew (Couteau Books, 1993)
Rag & Bone Man (Coteau Books 2019) 9781550502749 $24.95

[BCBW 2019] "Fiction"