Launch of Bandit (Turnstone Press).
Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he won the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for Moon Lake and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Be Wolf. He is the author of nine novels, one non-fiction memoir, Rollercoaster: a Cancer Journey, and a collection of short fiction, Meteor Storm. This last collection was short listed for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. Wayne Tefs lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.
In Bandit, Tefs once again presents another fictionalized version of a tremendous true story, turning his focus on the life of Canada’s “flying bandit” Ken Leishman. In 1966, Leishman stepped onto the Winnipeg Airport tarmac and into the pages of Canadian history as the mastermind behind the country's largest gold theft. He had already gained Dillinger-esque notoriety as a bank robber, when he stole the public's imagination with his last great exploit: brazenly - and politely - holding up a bank in Toronto.
Wayne Tefs imagines what happened behind the "Flying Bandit" headlines, inter-mingling the full-on action of the gold heist with the story of a smart but troubled kid growing up in a stifling small prairie town who, as a man, is conflicted by his wife’s tears and guilt ridden with his failed promises to go straight as he plans the greatest caper in Canada.