The editor of the bestselling non-fiction anthology Bad Trips, fiction author Keath Fraser was born in Vancouver on December 24, 1944. Royalties from Bad Trips--a collection of travel stories about unwanted experiences abroad--surpassed $150,000 since publication 1991, and he has donated all proceeds to the Canada India Village Aid Society. Keath Fraser won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award for Popular Anatomy in 1995. His 1985 collection of stories, Foreign Affairs, was short-listed for a Governor General's Award for Fiction and won the Ethel Wilson Prize. Eighteen of his short stories from a 25-year period were reissued as 13 Ways of Listening to a Stranger (2005).

Fraser lived in London, England from 1970 to 1973 and taught in Calgary for five years. He returned to Vancouver and began writing fiction fulltime in the 1980s and became literary friend to the reclusive Sinclair Ross. Having long suffered from a rare vocal disorder which caused him to sometimes lose full control of his voice, he was told by some doctors that his illness was psychological. Some 20 years later, he discovered a cure in botlinum toxin, a drug plastic surgeons use to remove wrinkles. The diagnosis was Spasmodic Dysphonia, a misfiring of the vocal cords caused by faulty transmitters in the brain. In his memoir of regaining control of his voice, The Voice Gallery, Fraser recounts his journey from Canada's West Coast to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Great Britain, Ireland, the US, India, and Sri Lanka in search of others who had also lost their voices.

BOOKS:

Taking Cover (1982)
Foreign Affairs (1985)
Popular Anatomy (1996)
Bad Trips (1991) - editor
Telling My Love Lies (1997)
The Voice Gallery (Thomas Allen, 2002)
13 Ways of Listening to a Stranger (Thomas Allen, 2005).

[BCBW 2005] "Fiction" "Literary Biography"