Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Les O'Brien, Banff, and The Bow Valley Parkway

“The O'Briens is a major accomplishment” —New York Times Book Review

I need confirmation from Alex Emond on this, but I think the artwork on the cover of this French edition of The O'Briens shows a 1950 Plymouth (?) rolling down the old 1-A Highway in Banff National Park. That's not Cascade Mountain, isn't it? Is it Bourgeau? Or Pilot Mtn? Confirmation please. I remember working on a G. Boehnisch landscaping contract on this section of the 1A (aka The Bow Valley Parkway) in the autumn of 1981, with Blake O'Brian and Toby Clark.  Bill Burleson's Banff series is up here.
Here's The O'Briens interview on Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm show; and the NPR Weekend Edition interview with Jackie Lyden.
Cascade Mtn and Bow River, Banff 10/2011

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