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Betsy Trumpener Will Appear at Pivot Readings at the Press Club


June 12, 2009

Pivot is back on June 17 at 8:00pm with a reading at the Press Club (850 Dundas Street West) by Betsy Trumpener, also featuring Sonja Greckol and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer.

Betsy Trumpener's new piece of raw fiction hits quickly, cuts deeply and lingers on in the imagination. Her urgent, unique voice pushes fiction north of what's real. The Butcher of Penetang carves up rare slices of savory stories that are both tough and delicious. 


A child missing in a dangerous part of town; a draft dodger with bloody hands; a robber armed with a hairbrush; a refugee who rescues poetry from his prison cell; 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. Trumpener's debut collection is aching, funny, powerful and sharp.


Betsy Trumpener is an award-winning CBC News reporter, writer and radio documentary producer. She has lived in Iowa, Israel, Alberta, Ontario, Bavaria and the Black Forest. She 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.