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Prince George Author Carves New Ground with Debut

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Prince George author Betsy Trumpener launches her debut collection of short fiction, The Butcher of Penetang ($17.95, Caitlin Press) at Books & Company on Saturday, November 8 at 7pm.

Trumpener’s fiction is already creating a buzz in the literary community. Writer Susan Musgrave calls the debut “exquisitely crafted glimpses into the beauty of our fragile human lives,” while Giller Prize nominee John Gould says the collection is “…wicked writing, clean and tough and tender. Trumpener’s stories trap wild things live and let them go inside you.”

The pieces in The Butcher of Penetang travel from northern BC to rural Ontario to countries at war. Trumpener carves up rare, savoury slices of stories that are both tough and enticing: a child missing in a dangerous part of town; a draft dodger with bloody hands; a robber armed with a hairbrush; moose hunters chasing snow flakes. The people in these edgy stories cut cocaine into comfort food, push sex into the snow, and chase speeding ambulances in the dead of winter.

Betsy Trumpener is also an award-winning CBC News reporter and radio documentary producer. Her non-fiction and fiction have been published in numerous publications, including the Guardian, the Globe and Mail and This Magazine. She was the first annual Writer in Residence for the CBC arts show, North by Northwest, and she has been awarded a Western Magazine Award for her magazine column, “North of Unreal,” a Jack Webster Award for Best Radio Feature, and a Jack Webster Africa Journalism Fellowship. She has lived in Williams Lake and Quesnel now lives with her family between a wild swamp and a pipeline in northern BC, where she covers the daily drama of British Columbia’s interior.

The book launch, billed as a “burning cold book launch with the North’s hottest writers” will feature Trumpener, along with poets Laisha Rosnau, Al Rempel, Sheila Peters and Leanne Boschman. The event will be emceed by 2008 Relit Poetry award-winner Gillian Wigmore and admission is free. For more information about the event, please contact Books & Company at 250-563-6637.