Steve Burrows

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Steve Burrows
Steve Burrows at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016
Burrows at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016

Steve Burrows is an award-winning Canadian mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a “Nature Writer of the Year” award from BBC Wildlife.[1] His 2014 novel, A Siege of Bitterns, received widespread critical acclaim upon its release and was named one of the top 100 books of 2014 by The Globe and Mail[2] before going on to win the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.[3]

Background[edit]

Born and raised in the U.K., Burrows moved to Ontario with his family following grammar school. After completing an English degree at York University,[4] Burrows moved to Hong Kong where he served as editor of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society magazine[5] and contributing field editor for Asian Geographic.[6] He currently lives in Oshawa, Ontario.[7]

In 2014, Burrows published his debut novel, A Siege of Bitterns. The novel was well received upon its release, with Joan Barfoot of the London Free Press praising the way it "tucks some ominous environmental alarms and information into its criminal investigations.".[8] The Globe and Mail called the novel "a debut of a major new Canadian talent" and named it one of top 100 books of 2014.[9] The novel won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

Bibliography[edit]

  • A Siege of Bitterns (2014)
  • A Pitying of Doves (2015)
  • A Cast of Falcons (2016)
  • A Shimmer of Hummingbirds (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Burrows: Durham's Bird Detective" (PDF). The Local Biz. p. 23. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Globe 100: The Best Books of 2014". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "2015 Arthur Ellis Award winners announced". CBC Books. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Knight, Erin. "On Writing, with Steve Burrows". Open Book Toronto. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Weinman, Sarah. "Crimewave: Silence for the Dead, A Siege of Bitterns, Waste No Tears". National Post. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Steve Burrows: Durham's Bird Detective" (PDF). The Local Biz. p. 23. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Cannon, Margaret. "A Siege of Bitterns: The debut of a major new Canadian talent". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Barfoot, Joan. "Book Review: Birding, Murder Prove Deadly Combo". London Free Press. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Cannon, Margaret. "A Siege of Bitterns: The debut of a major new Canadian talent". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 November 2014.