Paul Quarrington





Paul Quarrington

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in Toronto, Canada
July 22, 1953

died
January 21, 2010

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Paul Quarrington was a novelist and musician, an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. His last novel The Ravine was published in March 2008. His previous novel Galveston was nominated for the Giller; Whale Music won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Quarrington won the Stephen Leacock Medal for King Leary, a title that also won the 2008 Canada Reads competition. As a musician, he played in the band PorkBelly Futures; their self-titled second CD was released in April 2008; the first CD Way Past Midnight was extremely well received. His screenplays and story editing have won many awards, most recently the CFPTA Indie Award for Comedy for the series Moose TV, and he was in high demand as a story e...more


Average rating: 3.63 · 1,602 ratings · 149 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
King Leary
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 550 ratings — published 1988 — 7 editions
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Whale Music
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 351 ratings — published 1989 — 7 editions
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Galveston
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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The Ravine
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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The Spirit Cabinet
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 1999
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Home Game
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 1983 — 6 editions
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Civilization: And Its Part ...
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1994 — 4 editions
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The Boy on the Back of the ...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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The Life Of Hope
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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More books by Paul Quarrington…
“The man behind the check-in counter gives the impression that he has just axe-murdered the motel's owner (and family, and family pet) and is going through these procedures of hostelry so as not to arouse suspicion.”
Paul Quarrington, The Ravine

“Everybody is damaged goods. Everybody got bumps and dents, ja? But sometimes two people fit together, and the bumps go into the dents, and you have a whole thing like a potato.”
Paul Quarrington, The Spirit Cabinet

“I had another reason for seeking Him, for trying to espy His face, a professional one. God and literature are conflated in my mind. Why this is, I’m not sure. Perhaps because great books seem heavensent. Perhaps because I know that each nove is a puny but very valiant attempt at godlike behavior. Perhaps because there is no difference between the finest poetry and most transcendent mysticism. Perhaps because writers like Thomas Merton, who are able to enter the realm of the spirit and come away with fine, lucid prose. Perhaps because of more secular writers, like John Steinbeck, whose every passage, it seems to me, peals with religiousity and faith. It once occured to me that literature — all art really — is either talking to people about God, or talking to God about people.”
Paul Quarrington, The Boy on the Back of the Turtle: Seeking God, Quince Marmelade, and the Fabled Albatross

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