In 2004, when he and his partner Pearl Luke, a novelist, were dividing their time between Saltspring Island and Calgary, Robert Hilles released A Gradual Rain (Doubleday, 2004), a novel about hard choices made in the German countryside during World War II and in Winnipeg's mean streets during the 1960s. Previously Hilles' Raising of Voices won the Writers Guild of Alberta award for best novel and he won the Governor General's Award or poetry in the same year for Cantos from a Small Room.

[BCBW 2004] "Fiction" "Poetry"