WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS

Byron Rempel authorByron Rempel was born in a Mennonite village in Manitoba in 1962. Following the publication of his first novel, he sold his horse and buggy and became a full-time writer.

This is not wholly true, particularly the bit about the buggy. He has never owned a buggy, and until recently never imagined sharing living quarters with a horse. In fact, before publishing any books he was a penniless rogue and nomadic gypsy prepared to do anything to see the world. A curiousity about animals (not excluding equines) led to his work with a Parisian circus (la cirque Massila), followed by a turn as assistant elephant caretaker for a travelling Italian circus (il Circo Medrano). A fascination for jungle life led to a gig as writer-in-residence for a Maya archaeological dig in Belize, soon followed by the more civilized pursuit of editing school textbooks on Belizean geography and history. Among other professions, Byron has tended bar in London, picked grapes in Beaujolais and picked stones in Manitoba.

Despite years of personal development, Byron had been unable to shake his bucolic roots. For the moment he and his Quebecoise zootherapist are transplanted among the rustic pleasures of Mont Tremblant in the Laurentian hills. With this latest move Byron Rempel now divides his time between the wild pleasures of animal studies (horses, poodles, chickens, skunks, in various combinations), and the less healthy passion for sitting alone in small rooms patching together sentences. He has nevertheless amassed a loyal following, evidenced by his sales of more than 24 books in his hometown alone.

AWARDS

Truth is Naked, 2006
One of the 2006 Globe & Mail Book of the Year selections
Finalist Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction

No Limits, 2008
Ullr Award for ski literature
Finalist Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction

Most Improved, Pee Wee Hockey, 1972

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