Remembering Stephen Reid

  Author Stephen Reid and BCFI founder Carol Finlay at Kingston WritersFest, 2014.

 Author Stephen Reid and BCFI founder Carol Finlay at Kingston WritersFest, 2014.

At Book Clubs for Inmates, we are saddened to hear of the recent death of author and great friend of BCFI, Stephen Reid. 

Carol met Stephen when he was in British Columbia. When he was paroled, Stephen helped establish a book club at William Head Minimum Institution on Vancouver Island. 

Although he had only a grade 9 education, Carol says that Stephen was one of the most well-read people she has met. He published his autobiographical novel Jack Rabbit Parole in 1986, and an essay collection A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison in 2012, for which he won the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The latter has been read in a number of our book clubs.

Carol has fond memories of pleasant evenings spent with Stephen at the Kingston WritersFest in 2014, in Victoria in 2015, and also with him and his wife, poet and novelist Susan Musgrave, on Haida Gwaii in 2016. She describes him as a kind and thoughtful man who was proud of his Indigenous heritage. May he rest in Peace.

Read Stephen Reid’s obituary in The Globe and Mail