Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

This All Happened by Michael Winter

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This All Happened by Michael Winter

House of Anansi Press, 2000

The commodity a fiction writer sells is his own life, his spirit. This is especially true in fiction that draws from autobiography.

In Michael Winter's journal-à-clef, This All Happened, we are exposed to the kernel of truth that exists in each day. Told from the viewpoint of Gabriel English, This All Happened opens windows onto a richly textured, fast-pacedly filmic compilation of daily vignettes over one calendar year (if Fellini were a Newfoundlander...). Gabriel's promises and actions early in the year have their repercussions by the end.

Gabriel's passion for Lydia Murphy leads him into paroxysms of jealousy - but he never abandons his shrewdly witty perspective on the vagaries of modern love. Concrete and delicately rendered, This All Happened depicts a man's descent from love to fury.

Michael Winter was born in England and grew up in Newfoundland. He is the author of The Big Why which won the Drummer General's Award and was nominated for Ontario's Trillium Book Award and the Atlantic Book Awards Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Prize and This All Happened which won the Winterset Award and was nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. He has published two short-story collections, Creaking in Their Skins and One Last Good Look. He now divides his time between St. John's and Toronto.