Wind is Not a River (Payton) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—1966
Where—Los Angeles County, USA
Education—Seminary of Christ the King;
   University of Victoria
Currently—lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Brian Payton is an Ameroican-Canadian writer of books and essays. Born in  in 1966, Payton lived in California, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, and Alaska before settling in British Columbia at the age of 16. He was educated at the Seminary of Christ the King and attended the University of Victoria.

Payton's nonfiction writing about adventure, wildlife, and the environment has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Canadian Geographic. His books include both novels and nonfiction.

Payton’s first novel, Hail Mary Corner (2001) is a coming-of-age tale based on his experience living among fellow seminarians and Benedictine monks.

Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness (2006),  work of narrative nonfiction, chronicles a personal search for the eight remaining bear species across continents, cultures, and memory.

The Ice Passage: A True Story of Ambition, Disaster, and Endurance in the Arctic Wilderness (2009), is a narrative nonfiction account of the final voyage in the 1850s of HMS Investigator.

His historical novel, The Wind Is Not a River (2014) is the story of a World War II journalist who, after a plane crash, survives in the Alaskan wilderness and hides from Japanese soldiers who have invaded the Aleutian Islands.

Payton lives with his wife in Vancouver. (Adapted from Wikipedia. Retrieved 1/12/2014.)




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