John Harris' collection of 15 connected stories, Small Rain, is a stark, confessional memoir by an English teacher in a small regional college as he copes with fatherhood, teaching travails, leaving his wife and forming new relationships. Tungsten John refers to his explorations with Vivien Lougheed on all-season mining roads in the region of the newly defunct mining town of Tungsten during attempts to reach the South Nahanni River on foot and by bicycle. Based on the life and times of "The Flying Trapper," George Dalziel, Harris' Above the Falls recalls the unsolved RCMP case arising from the disappearance of two trappers employed by Dalziel near a remote Nahanni River trapline in 1936. When authorities found the trappers' cabin burned to the ground, they suspected Dalziel of foul play.

CITY/TOWN: Prince George, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: October 19, 1942


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: College of New Caledonia English Department instructor, Prince George, since 1972


The English Department of the Spirit: The Rise and Fall of Literature in the University Curriculum (Repository Press 2014) ebook only $5 978-0-920104-36-1
Above the Falls, 2007, Touchwood Editions
Diary of a Lake, 2002, Repository Press (co-edited with Vivienne Lougheed)
Tungsten John, 2000, New Star Books
Tom Wayman and His Works, 1997, ECW Press
Other Art, 1997, New Star Books
Small Rain, 1989, New Star Books
George Bowering and his Works, n.d, ECW Press
Barry McKinnon, 1985, Repository Press

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Raised in Vancouver and White Rock, John Harris, BA, MA (UBC), PhD (McGill) has widely published travel literature, fiction and literary criticism. He has also managed Repository Press, which has published books by Barry McKinnon, Eleanor Crowe, Ken Belford, Alban Goulden, Andy Suknaski, Vivien Lougheed, John Pass and others. He published a quarterly literary magazine called Repository from 1971 to 1981. He contributes regularly to Dooney's Cafe electronic magazine.

[BCBW 2014] "Fiction" "Local History"