"It was forty years ago that Jack Hodgins started systematically sending stories to magazines. Thirty years ago, ten of those exquisite early stories were collected into a book that remains both an unforgettable portrait of British Columbia life and a literary classic: Spit Delaney's Island. In novels such as The Invention of the World, the Resurrection of Joseph Bourne (which won him a Governor General's Award in 1979), The Barclay Family Theatre, The Macken Charm and Broken Ground, Hodgins has continued deepening and broadening his multivolume, panoramic portrait of Vancouver Island people, dwarfed by their own dreams and extravagant ambitions as much as they are by the trees in the old-growth forests. The marriage, in a single human being, of such acute perception, extravagant imagination and personal reserve makes Jack Hodgins himself as thoroughly unlikely yet as absolutely real as any of his characters. And no writer has done more than he to give British Columbia a place on the literary map of North America."

Jury Member Robert Bringhurst, for the Lieutenant Governor's Award
for Literary Excellence 2006

(photo of Jack Hodgins by Darren Stone, Victoria Times Colonist)

For a recent Hodgins essay on novelist Douglas Glover's blog, visit The Ice Man Experience: Sculpture & Words by Tyler & Jack Hodgins
April 2012

 

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