Hunger's Brides
Page Updated On: 11/20/2006

The author

Paul Anderson

W. Paul Anderson

Anderson left Canada in his early twenties and spent fifteen years travelling in Asia, studying in Europe, teaching in Latin America, along the way logging 25,000 miles of coastal and ocean sailing, having twice crossed the Atlantic as a delivery sailor, and has partnered in a sailing charter operation in the Caribbean. He has worked as a deckhand in Monte Carlo, fruit picker in Switzerland and construction worker in Australia.

Excerpts have appeared in Queen Street Quarterly and Prairie Fire, in the Banff Writer’s Studio anthology Rip Rap, and in the cultural supplement of the Mexico City daily La Crónica. In 1996, Calgary’s legendary One Yellow Rabbit performance theatre toured a dramatic reading adapted from the manuscript by the author, and performed in the convent where Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the central character of the novel Hunger’s Brides, lived out her life. Anderson lives for the moment in Canada.

Hunger's Brides has been a selected as a Kiriyama Pacific-Rim Prize Notable Book, finalist for a Commonwealth Writers prize, and finalist for a W.O.  Mitchell Prize. In 2005, Hunger's Brides was named Writers Guild of Alberta novel of the year.

The shadowy author revealed:

3 video excerpts of the author and Random House Canada Publisher Anne Collins in conversation with Carolyn Weaver, host of the TV program Fine Print: Where books can take you.

Suspected aliases

W. Paul Anderson has denied — predictably — that he is also Paul Thomas Anderson (director of Magnolia), Paul WS Anderson (director of Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Poul Anderson (science fiction icon) or Billy-Paul Anderson (brother of Canada's own Pamela).

As one would expect, then, Paul Anderson denies any relation to the Tennessee strongman of the same name. World and Olympic weightlifting champion (1956), superhuman exponent of the squat — at about the time when the official world record was 650 pounds, Anderson (or Anderson) squatted 1160 on the Ed Sullivan show and regularly did ten reps of 800 in training.

"If you don't bend those legs and do those squats, you'll never reach your potential."

— Paul Anderson

(The most cursory analysis of their writing styles reveals similarities obvious even to the non-specialist.)

And as to Anderson's farcical denials, we respond only with this:

Small PaulBig Paul

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