Patrick Lane was one of Canada’s pre-eminent poets, with a distinguished career that spanned 50 years and more than 20 volumes of poetry, as well as fiction and non-fiction books. Lane won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 1978 for his collection Poems, New and Selected. His debut novel, Red Dog, Red Dog, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He was also the author of the acclaimed memoir There Is A Season, which won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. In 2014, Lane was invested into the Order of Canada, in recognition of his contribution to Canadian poetry and literature. He died on March 7, 2019 in Victoria, B.C., where he lived with his wife, the poet Lorna Crozier.
Ablaze with a savage compassion, Deep River Night is a vast, sweeping novel of war, loss, violence, and forgiveness. This is Patrick Lane’s song of experience, written in a prose of shadow and light, exquisite as an ink painting, exploring the ways the past will not leave us alone.” — Steven Price