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Memorable Manitobans: Wayne Tefs (c1948-2014)

Author, editor.

In 1976, he co-founded Turnstone Press, serving as its fiction editor for many years, while teaching English at St. John’s-Ravenscourt from 1978 to 1992. He wrote numerous books, including Figures on a Wharf (1983), Cartier Street Contract (1985), The Canasta Players (1990), Dickie: A Novel (1993), Home Free (1997), Red Rock: A Mystery (1999), Moon Lake (2000), Rollercoaster: A Cancer Journey (2002), 4X4 (2004), Be Wolf: A True Account of the Survival of Reinhold Kaletsch (2007), Meteor Storm (2009), Bandit: A Portrait of Ken Leishman (2011), On The Fly: A Hockey Fan’s View From The ‘Peg (2012), and Barker (2014). He edited collections of short stories: Made in Manitoba: An Anthology of Short Fiction (1990), Hearts Wild: An Anthology of Stories (1993), and Due West: 30 Great Stories from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (1996). Diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome in 1994, he took up cycling and travelled the world by bicycle. He died at Winnipeg on 15 September 2014.


Winnipeg creative writer Wayne Tefs dies,” CBC News, 16 September 2014.

“Winnipeg writer Tefs dead at 66,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 2014, page D2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2014

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