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Award-Winning CBC Reporter to Visit Smithers

Posted: September 18, 2009

Betsy Trumpener will be reading in Smithers, BC as part of the North West Arts Summit on Friday, September 25 at 7pm at the Hudson Bay Lodge. She will also be signing books at Interior Books & Stationery (1156 Main Street) on Saturday, September 26 from 2-3pm. This award-winning CBC reporter and author has twice been nominated for national literary awards for her debut collection of short fiction, The Butcher of Penetang.

Situating her stories 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 goes missing in a dangerous part of town; a draft dodger finds himself with bloody hands; and a robber is armed with only a hairbrush. 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. Writer Susan Musgrave calls the debut "exquisitely crafted glimpses into the beauty of our fragile human lives."

Betsy Trumpener is an award-winning CBC News reporter and radio documentary producer. She was shortlisted for the Writers' Union of Canada's Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction in May of this year and was nominated for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction earlier this month.
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 Columbias interior.