For Betsy Warland, author of 14 acclaimed books, everything is writing. Warland’s first books, the poetry collections A Gathering Instinct and open is broken, were important milestones in the early days of feminist literary publications. Not one to play by writing’s hard and fast rules, Warland has been at the forefront of exploring creative nonfiction, often producing works that combine genres. Her role as a teacher and mentor have had a profound impact on Canadian literature and writing, and in 2016 she received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in recognition of her contribution to Literary Arts. Warland’s latest release is a second edition of her lyric prose memoir Bloodroot: The Untelling of Motherloss. Pushing the boundaries of the memoir genre, Warland reveals her complicated relationship with her mother and her ambiguity toward daughterhood. This latest edition includes a new essay by Warland and a foreword by Susan Olding.
Betsy Warland will be in conversation with Powell River writer Megan Cole, Director of Programming and Communications for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes.