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Patterson KevinKevin Patterson grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba, and put himself through medical school by enlisting in the Canadian Army. When his stint was up, he worked as a doctor in the Arctic and on the B.C. coast while studying for his MFA at UBC. He is currently an internist, living on Salt Spring Island. His previous book, a collection of short stories called Country of Cold, was the winner of the inaugural City of Victoria Butler Book Prize as well as the prestigious Roger’s Writers’ Trust Award.

Kevin Patterson spent three months in the winter of 2007 working at a hospital in Kandahar, treating civilians and soldiers alike. Drawing from the experience, he co-edited Outside the Wire, an anthology of writing about the war in Afghanistan in the words of soldiers, doctor and volunteers who have experienced it.

Kevin’s Books:

News From the Red Desert

51TpMH7LK+L._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Random House Canada, Summer 2016



Random House Canada, August 2006

Nan A. Talese Books, US, August 2007

Albin Michel, France

Country of Cold

Patterson_Country of Cold

Random House Canada, 2003

Nan A. Talese, US, 2003

Nominated for the BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 2004

Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2003

The Water In Between

Patterson_The Water In Between

Random House Canada, 2000

Nan A. Talese, US, 2000

Kevin’s Books with Jane Warren:

Outside the Wire

Patterson_Outside The Wire

Random House Canada, December 2007







CBC: Five Books We Can’t Wait to Read in August
Cover of Quill and Quire, September 2016 issue
Globe and Mail excerpt plus Q&A: