David Carpenter

In writing a novel you're trying to catch the glitter and surface of the society you've created.

You're trying to catch the surface of reality in all kinds of ways; but the real action is below the surface.

You're sending out your word, your lines, and you're trying to plumb the depths without knowing exactly what's down there.

Read Saskatoon Event May 9, 2019

READ Saskatoon Event

Telling Stories & Storytelling

May 9, 2019 - 7PM - Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon

Join three Saskatchewan authors for a rousing evening of telling stories and storytelling. Alice Kuipers, David Carpenter, and Maria Campbell will read from their work, along with several READ Saskatoon clients who have their own stories to tell. Shelagh Rogers, the CBC’s The Next Chapter host, will oversee this celebration of literacy and the power of the written word. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go to READ Saskatoon.

The Literary History of Saskatchewan Volume 3

The Literary History of Saskatchewan Volume 3

Volume 3 shifts its focus to Regina's literary culture and to the coming generation of younger writers, but it continues to examine the best work from Saskatchewan.

The impact, the relevance, the illuminations of our best writers' work tend to move well beyond the borders of our province. This work transcends the regional sources of its inspiration. Just as Marilynne Robinson has much to say to Canadians about the disruptions and the graces of family life, Dianne Warren has much to say to Americans about the omnipresence of the past, the shadows it casts on people's lives in the present. Many of our best books are nurtured by the history and the life of this province, but they spring into literature roughly in proportion to their applications and their immemorial responses to the human condition.

David Carpenter - The Gold

The Gold

The tale of an Englishman who emigrates to Canada to prospect up north for gold in the 1930s.

He encounters his greatest success, and his greatest perils, around Yellowknife and further north. Unlike the hero who dies valiantly, Joe Burbidge has to live out his life burdened by hollow victories and his need to atone for them. The Gold is an adventurous yarn and a serious, touching novel all in one.

The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty

Offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

Named the fourth most important "Book of the Year" by the National Post in 2015 and voted "One Book/One Province" in Saskatchewan for 2017, The Education of Augie Merasty launched on the front page of The Globe and Mail to become a national bestseller and an instant classic.


"In reading The Education of Augie Merasty, I have seen horror through the eyes of a child"
- James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains

"A story in which our entire nation has an obscure and dark complicity." - David Carpenter, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty