Ep: 121 Anthony Bidulka discusses why it was time for him to return to crime fiction, his co-founding a leadership retreat for LGBTQ+ youth, and what it's like to have a geographic location named after him. As if that's not enough, somehow the sneaky devil turned the tables on Brad and the guest interviewed the host.
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Going to Beautiful by Anthony Bidulka:
In 1999, with three degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and following a successful career as a CPA, Bidulka dove headfirst into his lifelong dream of being a fulltime writer.
Bidulka’s books have been nominated for Lambda Literary Awards, Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and a ReLit award. Flight of Aquavit was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men’s Mystery, making Bidulka the first Canadian to win in that category.
Anthony has dedicated his career to writing traditional genre novels in an untraditional way, developing a body of work that often features his Saskatchewan roots and underrepresented, diverse main characters. He tells serious stories in accessible, entertaining, often humorous ways. Anthony has sat on the boards of local, national, and international organizations. He is currently chairman of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Awards committee. He has also received the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Nation Builders Award and, along with his husband Herb, named Citizen of the Year for their home city of Saskatoon (the first same sex couple to be recognized). For his promotion of Saskatchewan through his books, co-founding Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan (a leadership retreat for gender and sexually diverse and allied youth), and volunteer and philanthropic efforts in the community, Anthony was recently honoured by the selection of a two-part park in Saskatoon to be named Bidulka Park and Bidulka Park North.
Anthony and his husband live on an acreage near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. When he isn’t writing or busy volunteering on boards, Bidulka loves to travel the world, collect art, walk his dogs, obsess over decorating Christmas trees (it’s a thing) and throw a good party.
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