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Peter  Manchester
Categories: Male AuthorsAnglophone AuthorsAuthors of Non-FictionSoutheast


I was born in the state of Connecticut, U.S.A. in 1952. In my childhood, I lived in many locations including Belgium, Congo, and the United States. Because of being part of an itinerant family, many schools were attended (8 at time of high school graduation). I moved out west in 1970 and attended and graduated from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and lived there until 1992, except for a 2 year stint in Calgary. My family and I moved to Sackville, N.B., in 1992. My family consists of my wife, Sheelagh Callaghan, and our three sons: Elijah, Sebastian and Dante.

Aside from writing, other past professions include: graphic designer, art director, museum fabricator, curator of exhibits, photographer, artist and illustrator.

How has New Brunswick influenced your work?

As a writer, I was of course amazed at the countless broken hockey sticks that occupy the darkened corners of most garages. This was a new resource for me, having just moved from a warmer desert environment. The publication of my book was a direct convergence of many splintered hockey sticks and a Maritime love of hockey and its detritus. In my work in the visual arts, the environment has been hugely influential in providing inspiring landscapes, people and architecture.

What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?

The books by David Adams Richards. I feel he provides a very believable and compelling compilation of people and place. His characters are multi faceted in their personalities and relationships with each other and their surroundings. These are books that can be read many times.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

I have been very fortunate to be part of the Writers in the Schools program in New Brunswick. Each time I can see the spark of imagination in a student's eyes brings me joy. There has not been just a single highlight in my career, as I have been to many schools all over the province. Of course, the recognition of my books is always nice. My first book was a Canadian best seller for a time after it was published.

Literary Prizes

Nomination -  Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour In recognition of: 50 Things to Make with a Broken Hockey Stick

Featured Publication

Fabulous Fabrications from Busted Hockey Gear

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