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POETRY

Mars is for Poems
Oolichan Books, 2002

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Life around earth has never looked or sounded so fantastic with this trip around the solar system. This book covers everything from earthly relationships to alien encounters.

“Aaron Bushkowsky travels further in his imagination than any other Canadian poet.”  The Vancouver Sun

"These poems are masterful, I keep thinking I see the grinning face of Kurt Vonnegut/ Richard Brautigan leaning over the shoulder of some of these poems...." Today's Book of Poetry

ed and mabel go to the moon
Oolichan Books, 1994
Nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize

A elderly Saskatchewan couple sit on their porch and watch their old farm slowly blow away until it begins to look like they’ve moved to the moon. A poignant story made up of connected poems that shows the hardship and love in a relationship that spans seasons and even death. Winner of the Middlemarch competition, 1994.

DRAMA

My Chernobyl
Playwrights Canada Press, 2009

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A Canadian man in his late 30s visits Belarus to find a long lost cousin in order to hand over an inheritance, only to meet a young beautiful woman who has romance in mind as well as Canadian citizenship. A comic gem that shows blood is always thicker than water.

The Waterhead and other Plays
Playwrights Canada Press, 2003

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The award-winning monologue The Waterhead features a wonderfully meandering narrative about a man coming to terms with the death of a sibling from "water on the brain". Both tragic and comedic the one-person show gives us hope and clarity as the mystery of this sibling's death is slowly revealed. The Waterhead is joined by The Big Blue Bird -- a one-act play about three generations of men and the missing women in their lives, and Between Mothers,  a searing one-woman show about sexual abuse.

Strangers Among Us
Playwrights Canada Press, 1999

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This award-winning play (Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script) shows the love and compassion between two Alzheimer's patients as the fall in love over and over again not remembering each other's names in the process.

PROSE

Curtains for Roy
Cormorant Books, 2014

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A burned out playwright accompanies his best friend, a terminally ill director, to the Okanagan for a final summer of wine tasting only to end up on the set of a doomed Shakespeare production at a winery. A poignant and hilarious trip behind the scenes as the Okanagan fires begin their steady march toward the tents of Bard in the Vineyard.

Shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, An Inside Vancouver Top Ten book of 2014, The Vancouver Sun Readers Group Top Ten book of 2014.

"If Douglas Coupland had his name on the spine, Curtains for Roy would be admired and discussed worldwide as a brilliant comedy of manners, an exceedingly funny and searing portrayal of modern angst, a generational follow-up to Generation X, perfect grist for a movie. It's that good." BC BookWorld

"Roy has all the elements of a good movie: a road-trip-style adventure with a dying buddy, sexual tension and sexual characters, a venue for great visuals, menacing forest fires and biker gangs, and lubricated dialogue that sounds intense, but authentic. Oh yeah, and some Shakespeare and a bit of Zen. Bushkowsky's words immediatley struck me as clever, edgy, and innovative."
Canus Humorous

The Vanishing Man
Cormorant Books, 2005

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In a linked series of short stories a 40-year-old man tries to come to terms with his religious background growing up on the prairies, and, then as an adult, with a series of bad relationships and marriages. Both darkly humourous and insightful, this collection looks at an adult life in turmoil as the landscape radically changes with age. This is a book about faith, families, and the meaning of love, told from a distinctly masculine point of view.

"...this book is imbued with its writer’s truth; the stories are both provocative and touching." Books in Canada 

"The Vanishing Man, consisting of 17 linked stories, puts Vancouver’s Aaron Bushkowsky firmly in the territory of deliriously demented angelic writer. This guy fondles words and then slams them down on the page with a brain-popping snap.  He appears to mine his own life for material: From poet to playwright to college writing instructor, the roles he plays in real life show up in the lives of his characters. These men do anything but vanish; they become dense material under their creator’s touch."The Vancouver Sun

"In his first book of short stories, Bushkowsky occupies a precarious position between poetry and the stage, between slow flourishes of style and the quick urgency of drama. It is a difficult balancing act, although when he succeeds in keeping the tension taut between these two poles, the resulting stories are strong and satisfying. The Vanishing Man is a strong debut from one of Vancouver’s most compelling voices." The Globe and Mail