|About the Book|
Ian Colford is a fiction writer who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Educated primarily in Halifax, he has a bachelors degree in mathematics, a masters in English and a masters in library science. His first short story was published in 1983. An early novel, The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard, won the 2001 H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize for unpublished novel from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. His short story The Reason for the Dream appeared in the 1998 Journey Prize Anthology and was one of three from that volume shortlisted for the prize.Ians stories, reviews, and commentary have appeared in numerous literary publications, in print and online. From 1995 to 1998 he was editor of the literary publication Pottersfield Portfolio, and from 1994 to 2000 served on the executive board of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. In 1998 he selected and edited a collection of stories by Maritime writers, called Water Studies, for Pottersfield Press.Evidence, his first collection of short fiction, was published by Porcupines Quill in 2008. In 2009 Evidence was shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize, the ReLit Awards, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and won the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Evidence was described by the Globe & Mail as a a rich, shadowed, mind-tweaking puzzle of a book.”His latest novel, The Crimes of Hector Tomás appeared in 2012. Published by Freehand Books of Calgary, The Crimes of Hector Tomás is an epic novel about disappearance and deception set in an unnamed South American country in the middle of the previous century. Critics have described the book as disturbing and remarkable. In 2013 it won Trade Book of the Year at the Alberta Book Awards.