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Former Kootenay MLA Speaks in Revelstoke


October 8, 2009

Caitlin Press author Anne Edwards will be speaking on her new book, Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics, at the Okanagan Regional Library (605 Campbell Avenue) on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm. Event is free, to register call the library at 250-837-5095.

In Seeking Balance, Anne Edwards shares her conversations with more than eighty women politicians, including Rita Johnston, Rosemary Brown, Grace McCarthy, Kim Campbell, Pat Carney, Darlene Marzari, Joy McPhail and Carole James. These women, who served as members of the provincial legislature or the Canadian parliament, reveal their ambitions and their reactions to serving in a political system designed and dominated by men.

Edwards describes how women struggle to find their place in the pyramids of power. They reach decisions in ways untraditional to Canadian politics; they bring ideas to a system ill-suited to respond; and they see clearly the jagged edges that should be smoothed in order to create a vibrant democratic state. These women—of many ages, across party lines and from all parts of the province—share attitudes and insights into the lively world of BC politics, as home and across our nation.

Anne Edwards was born, raised and educated in middle Saskatchewan. She has worked as a journalist in radio, television and newspapers and as a freelance writer for various magazines. She has co-written three published books: Exploring the Purcell Wilderness, Cranbrook 1905-2205 and The Purcell Suite: Upholding the Wild. She has lived for fifteen years in British Columbia where she raised a family of four, instructed and managed at the College of the Rockies for a decade and represented the Kootenay constituency for ten yeas as an MLA. She retired from politics and the working world in 1996. She lives in Moyie, BC.