Writer Michael Winter grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His
stories have appeared in many Canadian magazines and anthologies, and
have been broadcast on CBC Radio's Between the Covers.
He has published two short story collections, Creaking
in Their Skins (1994) and One Last Good Look
(1999). Both follow the youthful and observant Gabriel English as he
comes of age in Newfoundland, leaving home and establishing himself in
the world. There are stories of hunting accidents, sibling rivalry,
infatuation, death in the family, romantic breakups, sustaining
friendships, and the yearning for love, laughs, and understanding.
This All Happened is Michael’s first
novel whose central character is also Gabriel English. This novel shows,
diary-style, a man’s love as it descends from passion to fury in a
year in his life. There are 365 journal entries – one for each day
of the year. In One Good Last Look, Gabriel is
actually writing this book, this memoir. And in This All
Happened, Gabriel is working on another book, a historical
novel set in Newfoundland.
A three-time winner of the Newfoundland Arts and Letters competition,
Michael divides is time between St. John’s and Toronto.
On an interesting note, Winters was chosen (along with fellow
Newfoundlander Seamus O’Regan) by the National Post as one of
Toronto’s 16 “It Boys” this summer – men who are
all the buzz in Toronto. They noted that despite being an urban guy,
Michael is still a Rock boy at heart .