Canadian Sid Marty writes mainly on natural history and western life and culture. He has published five books of non-fiction and three of poetry, some of which are based on his formative experiences as a park warden in the Rocky Mountain national parks. His book “Leaning on the Wind: Under the Spell of the Great Chinook” (Harper Collins 1995) was a finalist for the l996 Governor General’s Award for Literature and won the Mountain Environment and Culture Award at the l996 Banff Mountain Book Festival.
Marty’s latest poetry collection is “Sky Humour”, published by Black Moss in l999 that has been recently reprinted by Frontenac House. His newest non-fiction work is “The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek” (McClelland and Stewart 2008) which picks up the story of some infamous bear attacks which were briefly mentioned in “Switchbacks” (McClelland and Stewart l999). “Switchbacks” won the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature at the l999 Banff Mountain Book Festival.
Marty has long been a singer/guitarist performing his original songs about western Canada at various venues, including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and on radio. He and his wife, Myrna, live near Pincher Creek, Alberta, at the foot of the mountains.
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