• Biography

    Alfred Silver has been a playwright, an actor and a songwriter, as well as a short-order cook, nude model and day labourer. He grew up in various places across the Canadian prairies. 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 a 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.

    Alfred has written radio plays for the CBC programs Clean Sweep for The Mystery Project, Vanishing Point, Different Drummer, Cranks, Rebel Angels of Song, and Stereo Morning. He has acted in television and theatre. Alfred has composed songs, performed solo and in bands, on acoustic guitar or 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].

     

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

    • The Boy Kelsey. Great Plains, 2009. ISBN 978-1894283892.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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
      • Gottingen, CBC Sunday Showcase

      • 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; '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)