Steven Heighton is one of the most respected figures in Canadian literature, described by Yann Martel as a “man of letters”. Author of four novels, three books of short fiction, two works of non-fiction and six collections of poetry, he is also an active critic, reviewer, translator and teacher. He has received many awards; his first poetry collection received the Gerald Lampert Award for Poetry, and his latest, The Waking Comes Late, won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2016. Two of his works of fiction have been optioned for film. Of him, no less an authority than Al Purdy described Steven as “one of the best authors of his generation, maybe the best”.
A prominent theme of his work is that of boundaries and borders which divide people and peoples. It is, perhaps, his political awareness, together with a recent sense of “sleepwalking through life”, that drove him to travel to Greece to assist in the relief offered to refugees from Syria.
Steven lives in Kingston with his wife Mary so he comes a long way to read to us.