Feature Story                                                                             Friday, January 9, 2016


Readin', Writin' and Ridin'

Canadian literary giant visits Chilliwack schools Jan 11-15 hoping to inspire the next generation of writers
Voice staff, Submitted images


op-selling Canadian author Eric Wilson is an expert at taking kids to places in Canada who would never have had the chance go to otherwise. From high adventure in the Arctic to suspense on a train, each of his 21 books has been painstakingly researched down to the last detail.


Kids have always loved solving literary puzzles and dealing with mysteries. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are examples of books that were extremely popular 50 years ago. Wilson has created Tom Austen in much the same way, featuring the character in a series of intriguing stories designed to captivate and thrill young minds in the 8-12 age group.


In Murder on the Canadian, which has been in print for 40 years, Wilson carefully stitches together a tale about how the young Austen boards a train in search of a killer and soon realizes that he has more than one suspect to consider.


The Spanish translation of Murder on the Canadian has been reprinted 52 times and is popular with students, teachers and parents throughout the Spanish-speaking world.


Wilson loves the opportunity to stimulate kid's imaginations while touring the school circuit with presentations and discussions about his books.


"Many schools use my mysteries to encourage a love of reading and knowledge of our nation and our values as Canadians," said  Wilson in an email to The Voice.


During the 45-minute presentations, Wilson reads from his books and talks about how he creates the stories.


Afterward, Wilson follows up with a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation which in this tour includes his Arctic research for an upcoming book project called "The Inuk Mountie Adventure"


Wilson, who was a teacher, has no problem in handling large groups of kids adding that he has spoken at as many as 2,000 elementary and secondary school across North America.


The hard copy books aren't expensive. Murder on the Canadian sells on Indigo.com  

for just $6.99.


He'll be at the following Chilliwack schools:


Monday, Jan 11

1:30 Mt Sleese Middle


Tuesday, Jan 12

9:00 GW Graham Middle

1:00 Strathcona


Wednesday, Jan 13

1:00 Bernard


Thursday, Jan 14

8:30 AS Rundle Middle

1:00 Promontory


Friday, Jan 15

9:00 Watson

1:00 Sardis



About Eric Wilson


Personal Details


Born November 24, 1940 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Married Flo Connolly in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1999

Has lived in Victoria, British Columbia since 1985



B.A. in Education from University of British Columbia 1963 followed by a one-year teacher training course at UBC

Work Experience


Full-time teacher in White Rock, B.C. as of 1968/69

Part-time author beginning in 1970 – first published novel in 1976

Full-time author since 1985 with 21 published novels

Personal appearances at schools to motivate students to read since 1976




Created Tom and Liz Austen Mysteries as a Canadian series

Over 2.5 million book sold in 9 languages around the world

Over 2,000 personal appearances at schools to promote literacy



Arthur Ellis Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Crime Writers of Canada

Voted Author of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association in 1992

Three “Silver Plate Awards” from Spain for sales in excess of 100,000

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in fostering literacy and promoting a love of Canada


 For more information, please visit www.ericwilson.com




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