Claire Mulligan of Victoria is a freelance editor, writing mentor, screenwriter, and creative writing teacher at the University of Victoria and Camosun College. She is the author of The Reckoning of Boston Jim (Brindle and Glass, 2007; Giller Prize & Ethel Wilson award nominee) and The Dark (Doubleday Canada, 2013; Canadian Authors award nominee and The Globe and Mail Top Five Summer Books, 2013). Her multiple award-winning short fiction has appeared in Writers Magazine, The Hourglass, The Tulane Review, Grain, and the Antigonish Review, amongst others. Claire Mulligan graduated from UBC in 1995. She isa member ofPEAVI(Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island and Victoria) and is on the board of CineVic,Victoria's independent film society.Her literary work is represented byCookMcDermid.

Touched by the kindness of a Cowichan Valley settler named Dora Hume in the 1860s, lonesome trapper Boston Jim decides to search for her capricious husband in the gold rush town of Barkerville in The Reckoning of Boston Jim (Brindle & Glass, $24.95), a first novel by Claire Mulligan who graduated from UBC and moved to Pennsylvania. It was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and 'longlisted' for the Giller Prize in 2008. 1-897142-21-8

Her second work of historical fiction, The Dark (Random House $32.95, recalls the Fox Sisters-Maggie, Katie and Leah-who purportedly communicated with ghosts, as part of quasi-religious Spiritualist movement in the late 1800s, replete with mediums and séances. A practical New York physician named Mrs. Mellon reluctantly becomes the link to the sisters, when only one of them is still alive. 978-0-385-67177-4

[BCBW 2018] "Fiction"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Reckoning of Boston Jim: A Novel