Tim Bowling

Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief is Tim Bowling’s twelfth collection of poetry, others of which include The Annotated Bee & Me, Fathom, The Memory Orchard, and Selected Poems. He has also published a memoir, four novels (including The Bone Sharps and The Tinsmith) and a creative work on book collecting and poetry entitled In The Suicide’s Library. Bowling lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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In the Suicide’s Library: A Book Lover’s Journey
Tim Bowling

2010 / Fiction / $27.95
9781554470891 / Trade paper / 320 pp

Edition is out of print

When the hustle and bustle of modern life, the responsibilities of marriage and parenting, and the weight of middle-age get Tim Bowling down, he heads for a bookshelf in search of the solace books and reading can provide. But can the cure become the poison? One day, alone in the Modern Literature stacks of a university library, Bowling opens a tattered copy of Wallace Stevens’s poetry collection Ideas of Order and, on the front flyleaf, finds the elegant ownership signature of Weldon Kees—an obscure American poet, painter, photographer, filmmaker and musician who vanished mysteriously in 1955, an apparent suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge. So begins Bowling’s strange eight-month quest into American literature of the 1940s and ’50s and the world of book collecting, a journey branching into a wealth of subjects ranging from the relationship between fathers and daughters, suicide, masculinity, the Internet, the history of printing, bibliomania and the strange effects of midlife and obsession on an otherwise rational mind. Through it all, Bowling faces two central questions: the one that Weldon Kees put to his friend, Pauline Kael, on the day before he vanished—“What keeps you going?”—and, perhaps even more important, is it ever acceptable to steal a book for your own collection?

Other Books by this Author

Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief
Tim Bowling

2014 / Poetry / $19.95 CAN
9781554471348 / Trade paper / 80 pp
The Annotated Bee and Me
Tim Bowling

2010 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470860 / Trade paper / 64 pp
Refrain for Rental Boat #4
Tim Bowling

2008 / Poetry / $100.00 CAN
9781554470679 / Fine / 12 pp
The Bone Sharps
Tim Bowling

2007 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781554470358 / Trade paper / 312 pp
Tim Bowling

2006 / Poetry / $49.95 CAN
9781554470174 / Fine / 112 pp
Tim Bowling

2006 / Poetry / $18.95 CAN
9781554470167 / Trade paper / 112 pp

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