Sad news for the Canadian Literary world this week with the death of author Paul Quarrington
, 56, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in 2009. In a September 2009 CBC news piece
spoke openly about his terminal illness and about his decision to return to his love of recording and performing music in the months before his death. His band, The Pork Belly Futures, performed at the Keshen Goodman Library in 2008.
was an award-winning author of primarily humourous
fiction. His 1989 novel Whale Music
was awarded a Governor General’s
Award and was made into a film
in 1994 (Quarrington
had a cameo in the film).
In CBC radio’s 2008 Canada Reads competition, Quarrington’s
comic hockey novel King Leary
was championed all the way to the winners circle
by musician Dave Bidini
who said of the novel: “Finally, humour and wit has won the day, proving that Canadian writing is about more than just dark places and poetry
The complete list of materials by Paul Quarrington held by Halifax Public Libraries can be found here.