Winner of 2017 Giller Prize

Winner of 2017 Giller Prize
Michael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Check it out!! On Saturday, February 16, 2008, exclusive to this blog, an excerpt from Charles Wilkins latest work, Land of Long Fingernails: A Gravedigger in the Age of Aquarius. Published by Penguin Books, the memoir will be released in September.

During the hazy summer of 1969, Charles Wilkins, then a student at the University of Toronto, took a job as a gravedigger. The bizarre-but-true events of that time, including a midsummer gravediggers’ strike, the unearthing of a victim of an unsolved murder, and a little illegal boneshifting, play out amongst a Barnumesque parade of mavericks and misfits in this macabre and hilarious memoir of mortality, materialism and the gradual coming-of-age of an impressionable young man.

Charles Wilkins has made a career of writing about his adventures among a variety of North American subcultures, including circus performers, contemporary conquistadors and merchant seamen. He lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is one of Thunder Bay's premier writers.

The picture at right sees Charlie leaning toward a Wilkins grave stone.

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