Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Literary Criticism Canadian

Tom Thomson's Shack

by (author) Harold Rhenisch

New Star Books
Initial publish date
May 2000
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2000
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.


City and country are reconciled in this series of short prose pieces encompassing Toronto's vast urban sprawl and British Columbia's Interior. On a visit to Canada's largest metropolis, the author is drawn north to Kleinburg, site of Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson's studio. There, he finds himself immersed in the crucible of "Canada," the cultural construct he recognizes from elementary-school textbooks. And suddenly, it all falls into place: rural, suburban, and urban coalesce in Rhenisch's spare, acutely perceptive words. Rhenisch brilliantly distills the uneasy but indelible connection between the electronic grid that is Toronto and the valley south of his Cariboo home that is — according to Buddhist monks — the Centre of the Universe. Encounters with beekeepers, backwoods ranchers, university students, book publishers, home-brewers, cowboys, horse logger poets, fly fishermen, flora, fauna, and the land itself drive this thought-provoking deconstruction of the urban-rural divide.

About the author

Harold Rhenisch is an award-winning poet, critic, and cultural commentator. His awards include the Confederation Poetry Prize in 1991 and the BC &: Yukon Community Newspapers Association Award for Best Arts and Culture Writing in 1996. He is a seven-time runner-up for the CBC/Tilden/Saturday Night Literary Contest. In 2005, he won the ARC Magazine Critics Desk Award for best long poetry review and the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize for "Abandon." He won this prize again in 2007 for "The Bone Yard." His non-fiction book Tom Thomson's Shack was short-listed for two BC Book Prizes in 2000. For its sequel, The Wolves at Evelyn, he won the 2007 George Ryga Award for Social Responsibility in Literature.  Harold Rhenisch has recently moved from 150 Mile House in BC’s Cariboo region to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

Harold Rhenisch's profile page

Other titles by Harold Rhenisch

Related lists