• Biography

    Alfred Silver has been a playwright, an actor and a songwriter, as well as a short-order cook, cabdriver, nude model and day labourer. He grew up in various places across the Canadian prairies, including many different neighbourhoods of Winnipeg. A former playwright in residence at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, he was a member of the Playwrights' Union of Canada's negotiating team for the first standard contract with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres; helped develop Manitoba's Playwright Development Program; and was a founding member of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights. He now lives with his wife in an old farm house at Ardoise, Nova Scotia, and devotes his time to researching and writing historical novels or anything else someone will pay him to write.

    Alf has written more than 40 radio scripts for the CBC in the days when they still had a Radio Drama Department, including the 30-episode mystery series Clean Sweep. He has acted in television and theatre, done time in bar bands and solo venues singing and playing acoustic guitar and electric bass, and recorded two albums of original songs: Shadows in 1981 and They Don't Make 'Em Anymore in 1999 [https://alfsilver.bandcamp.com/releases]. Several of his out-of-print books, including the Red River Trilogy, have been revised and reissued by Knotwood Publishing   https://knotwoodpub.ca/

     

    Publications
    • Runaway Horses, Pottersfield Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-897426-49-4.

    • The Boy Kelsey. Great Plains, 2009. ISBN 978-1894283892. Reissued by Knotwood Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1-7750702-2-1

    • Eulalie. Traduit de l'anglais par Julien Béliveau et Andrée Villemaire. Éditions du Carre, 2008, ISBN 978-2-923335-17-9

    • A Place Out of Time. Great Plains, 2007. ISBN 978-1894283740. Revised and reissued by Knotwood Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1-7750702-6-9

    • Back Roads of Membertou County. Pottersfield Press, 2006. ISBN 1-895900-81-6.

    • Clean Sweep. Pottersfield Press, 2004. ISBN 1-895900-64-6.

    • Eulalie La Tour: Acadie 1755. Trait d'union, 2004. ISBN 2-89588-085-9.

    • Acadia: A Novel. Pottersfield Press, 2004. ISBN 1-895900-62-X.

    • Three Hills Home. Nimbus Publishing, 2002. ISBN 1-55109-401-0.

    • The Haunting of Maddie Prue. Great Plains Publications, 2000. ISBN 1-894283-10-4.

    • Acadia. Ballantine/Random House, 1997. ISBN 0-345-37950-5.

    • Keepers of the Dawn. Ballantine/Random House, 1995. ISBN 0-345-37268-9.

    • Keepers of the Dawn. Ballantine/Random House, 1995. ISBN 0-345-37268-9.

    • Where the Ghost Horse Runs. Ballantine/Random House, 1991. ISBN 0-345-36734-0. Revised and reissued by Knotwood Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1-7750702-5-2

    • Lord of the Plains. Ballantine/Random House, 1990. ISBN 0-345-35600-4.

    • Red River Story. Ballantine/Random House, 1988. ISBN 0-345-32692-X. Revised and reissued by Knotwood Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-1-7750702-4-5

    • A Savage Place. Ballantine/Random House, 1983. ISBN 0-345-28672-3.

    • Good Time Charlie's Back in Town Again. Avon, 1978. ISBN 0-380-39065-5-175.

    • Selected List of Productions
      • Gulliver. An adaptation from Swift for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, 1992.

      • The Red River Valley. Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 1989.

      • Clearances. The Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1984 (Adapted for television, CKY-TV, 1984).

      • Climate of the Times. The Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1983.Published in New Canadian Drama 4, Borealis Press, Ottawa, 1986. ISBN 088887-912-1 (bound). ISBN 088887-914-8 (paperback).

      • Thimblerig. The Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1982. Published by Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1982. ISBN 0-88801-067-2.

      • Saturday Night. Manitoba Theatre Workshop, 1980.

      • Idiot Strings. Manitoba Theatre Workshop, 1979.

      • More of a Family. Manitoba Theatre Workshop, 1978. Published in Eight Plays for Young People, NeWest Press, Edmonton, 1984. ISBN 0-920316-90-5 (bound); ISBN 0-920316-88-3 (paperback).

    • Selected List of Radio Plays
      • Rebel Angels of Song, six-part series for Definitely Not The Opera, writer and co-host.

      • Clean Sweep. A 30-part series for The Mystery Project, CBC, 1997.

      • The Man Who Thought Ian Tyson was God, CBC Vanishing Point.

      • The Unnamed Planet Tetralogy, four programs for CBC Vanishing Point.

      • The Great Stork Derby, CBC Different Drummer.

      • The Transcontinental Barrel Roller, CBC Cranks.

      • Beginner's Luck, CBC Stereo Morning.

    Awards
    • Selected as one of The Canadian Children's Book Center's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2010; 'The Boy Kelsey'

    • Winner of the Manitoba Historical Society Margaret McWilliams Award for Local History; 'A Place Out of Time'

    • Winner of 1997 Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize; 'Acadia'

    • Finalist, Best Novel, Western Writers' of America, Spur Award Competition, 1990; 'Lord of the Plains'

    • Nominated for Top Ten Award, 1998, Writers' Guild of Canada; 'Clean Sweep' (Radio Drama)