Tyler Trafford
   
 
Tyler Trafford has worked for many years as a reporter and editor, first with the Calgary Herald, and then in Australia with The Australian. Upon returning to Canada, he began a full time writing career, publishing a series of histories and biographies for others, before turning his attention to his own fiction. The Story of Blue Eye the first of the Sun on the Mountains series was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Author's Award. He shares time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.


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NOVEL

304 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-06-5
List Price: $21.95

Tyler Trafford


In Book Two of The Sun On the Mountains trilogy, Alexander James, a Quaker pursued by his violent past in the American Revolution, begins a new life as a fur trader in the forests of northern Canada. Travelling west with his Nahathaway wife and explorer David Thompson to the prairie of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Alexander cannot resist being drawn into the thrilling horse raids and buffalo hunts, and then by the mysteries of the Piikani medicine ceremonies.

Trafford’s writing is Quakerly: spare and modest, but never lacking in confident flow, illuminating that place and time as Alexander pushes deeper into the heart of the west to find the Light inside himself.” — Marina Endicott

“ . . . takes readers into the borderlands of history and fiction, memory and possibility.” — Elizabeth Jameson, Professor of History, University of Calgary

“The most compelling (characters) are the women, who are made of sturdy stuff — strong, insightful, fierce and sometimes frightening.” — Debora Steel, Editor in Chief, Windspeaker

“ . . . a refreshing perspective on such Woodlands Cree concepts as the many-faceted wihtiko and the pre-Judaeo-Christian concept of the pawakan. Trafford has achieved what few novelists have managed.” — David Westfall, editor and compiler of Castel’s English Cree Dictionary and Memoirs of the Elders

“More clues cleverly concealed here than in the most ingenious Agatha Christie mystery.” — Pam Asheton

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NOVEL

208 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-78-1
List Price: $18.95

Tyler Trafford

 

The Story of Blue Eye opens at a full gallop over the western prairie controlled by the powerful Plains Indian horse culture of the early 1800s. Without stopping a moment of drama, Trafford constructs the foundation of a western Canadian epic that layers Indian and European mythology with a perfect blend of history and adventure, all told through his central character, Blue Eye James, whose time-honoured codes of hard work, honour, fairness, and trust lay the foundation for an empire.

  • Finalist for the 2005 Grant MacEwan Author's Award.

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