Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

10 Women

10 Women

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Ten Women is a new collection of short fiction from one of Canada’s preeminent writers. Each of these stories offers us a portrait of a woman with whom the author may or may not have had either an intimate and/or a meaningful relationship. You can’t really tell for sure. Depending on your proclivities, some of them might even seem pretty hot—like the lurid fantasies that illustrate the covers of pulp fiction novels, the ethereal intellectual beauties that emanate from poetic fields of asphodels, or the petit bourgeois housewives that litter Alice Munro stories, these ten characters remind us that for every fetish there’s a partner.


Praise for 10 Women:
“the maestro is at it again”
— The Vancouver Sun


On Bowering’s previous work:
“With powerful imagery and crisp narration, Bowering delivers a stinging commentary on the desperation of racism in the harsh environment of the Canadian West.”
— Publishers Weekly


“One of Canada’s most original writers.”
— Calgary Herald


Caprice is impossible to categorize. If anything, it’s a poetic, insightful eulogy for the classic Western landscape…”
— Geist Magazine


“Bowering satirizes cowboy tales with great elegance and wit — while at the same time tipping his Stetson to the forgotten virtues of Canada’s own West.” — Maclean’s


  • Publication: Fall 2015
  • ISBN: 978-1-77214-031-6
  • Pages: 192 pp
  • Size: 5.75 x 8.75 inches

George Bowering is a distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers. He has authored more than one hundred books and chapbooks, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and fiction for young readers. His writing has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Romanian. His novel, Burning Water, won the Governor General’s award for fiction and his memoir, Pinboy, was short-listed for the BC National Award for non-fiction in 2013. George Bowering is a two-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s top literary prize, and served as Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He is an Officer of both the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Books by George Bowering