Bill Conall grew up in Ontario and lived for several years each in Saskatoon and British Columbia, before moving to Cape Breton. He is an acoustic musician, composer and writer. Most of his songs are strongly visual, so it is not surprising that his performances also feature the presentation of bits of poetry, along with artfully-told original stories. To date, he has recorded two albums of original music.
Bill's most recent book, The Promised Land - a novel of Cape Breton, (Boularderie Island Press, 2013) won the 2014 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and the accompanying $15,000 prize. His first book, The Rock in the Water (Hidden Book Press, 2009), also made the Leacock Medal shortlist in 2010.
His short fiction has been published in several Canadian magazines. "Sparkle Orange" appeared in the anthology Shorelines (Kingfisher Publishing, 1990). More recently his short story The Iceberg Galley appeared in the anthology “The Men’s Breakfast”, (Breton Books, 2011). Two stories, Smooth Sailing and The Incredible Flight of Gopher Hamilton, appeared in the anthology "Thirteen Ways From Sunday:, (Boularderie Island Press, 2013). The Waiting Room appeared in Local Hero, Breton Books, 2015. A new short story collection, Sand Castles, will be published by Boularderie Island Press in the fall of 2018
Bill and Rosemary live on the back side of Murray Mountain in beautiful Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
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The Promised Land - a novel of Cape Breton
by Bill Conall
In 1970 a group of hippies wash up on the shores of Cape Breton, hilariously unequipped to meet the challenges of pioneering life. Forty years later, a new doctor coaxes her asthmatic K-Car across the causeway en-route to her first job at a small clinic in Baddeck. The Promised Land humorously navigates the ebb and flow of island life where things go from better to worse to oh-my-goodness.
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