Peter Norman's first novel, Emberton (Douglas & McIntyre 2014), takes its title from a fictional dictionary publisher, Emberton Publishing, and manages to combine lexicography and etymology--along with an illiterate protagonist named Lance Blunt and a malevolent entity that is bent on draining the world of human language. It adds up to a comic, literary, Gothic romp. (Douglas & McIntyre 2014) $19.95 978-1-55365-554-1

Peter Norman is also the author of two poetry collections, At the Gates of the Theme Park (a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award; Winner, International Festival of Authors "Poetry NOW"; competition, 2013) and Water Damage (Montreal Poetry Prize longlist, 2011 & 2013). His poetry, short fiction and nonfiction have been widely published in anthologies and magazines such as The Walrus, This Magazine, Malahat Review, Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Geographic, Vancouver Sun, etc. Born and raised in Vancouver, he graduated with a BFA from UBC, and has lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal. Norman met his wife, novelist Melanie Little, at UBC.

[BCBW 2014]