Richmond lawyer Robert Friedland is a two-time city councillor in Victoria who practices human rights and administrative law in Vancouver's Lower Mainland.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1947. According to his publisher, "Friedland has been the Sheriff of a Judicial District; an investigator for the United States Treasury Department; a Regional Director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission; Human Rights Advisor for Malaspina University-College; a two-term City Councillor in Victoria, British Columbia; and, Chief Lawyer for a group of seven First Nations in the Interior of British Columbia. He currently practices human rights and administrative law in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a widely published commentator on the international, Canadian, and British Columbian political scene. His stories and short fiction have been published in the United States, Canada, England, and Japan in: The Fiddlehead (Canada); NeWest Review (Canada); CBC Radio,(Alberta Anthology, Edmonton On Stage, Vinyl Cafe); Raw Fiction (Canada); Stand (United Kingdom); The Petroleum Independent (U.S.A.); Entre Nous (U.S.A.); The Casper Journal (U.S.A.); The Abiko Literary Quarterly (Japan); CITR FM, the University of British Columbia's FM radio station (Canada); and, The Broadkill Review (U.S.A.)."

The heroine of Robert Friedland's The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song Libros Libertad $20) is a sexually adventurous family physician who marries outside her Chinese culture. Her childhood friend Deri overcomes her upbringing in remote northeast China to become a devout Buddhist nun, a concubine and the most powerful woman of finance in Canada. Friedland's portraits of these two provocative women in contemporary B.C. are audacious, intelligent and fanciful, spiced with murder and sex--barely recognizeable as Canlit.

Although the main character has a traditional Chinese wedding in Friedland's sequel, The Tragic Marriages of Doctor Geneva Song (Libros $20), she has married outside of her race and culture. The characters from the first novel continue to wrestle with ancient beliefs and modern bodies.

A civil rights lawyer in Richmond, Robert Friedland has had two stories selected to be read on CBC's The Vinyl Café.


Faded Love (Libros Libertad 2010)

The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song (Libros Libertad 2011) 978-1-926763-17-0

The Tragic Marriages of Doctor Geneva Song (Libros 2014) $20 978-1-926763-30-9

[BCBW 2014]