Lethbridge, Alberta

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S. | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Come out this year to meet and listen to a number of talented Canadian authors! There will be a Kids Corner stage, proudly sponsored by Astro Insurance, filled with a line-up of amazing children's authors, a Teen Zone stage programmed to cater to young adults with a variety of interests, and the Canadian Heritage stage and Lethbridge Herald stage with authors for adults. Don’t forget to also visit our Workshop tent for various workshops on many diverse literary topics including song writing, book making, poetry, Metis jigging and storytelling and a panel discussion on blogging and podcasting. See below for a list of all of the amazing authors joining us for 2016!

Jenna Butler



Canadian Heritage Stage: 1:00 – 1:45

Book Signing: 2:00 – 2:45


JENNA BUTLER is the author of three books of poetry and ten short collections with small presses. Butler teaches creative writing and eco-criticism at Red Deer College. In the summer, she and her husband live on a small organic farm near the historic Grizzly Trail in Alberta’s north country.




This author is proudly sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers’ Union of Canada

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A Profession of Hope

“This is not the story of a ready-made farm, complete with generations of history, carefully tended tools and sturdy clapboard farmhouse.” In 2006, Jenna Butler and her partner, Thomas, purchased “160 acres, more or less” of rough northern bush. They knew they weren’t purchasing anything more than hard work and hope, but still they headed up every weekend to clear a spot in those woods where they could plant their first crops.


With the warm wit of Barbara Kingsolver and the stark beauty of Sharon Butala’s writings on the prairie, Jenna Butler shares her journey with us. From beating a hasty retreat from the first overwhelming swarm of mosquitoes, to discussing worm poop with local farmers and becoming forever more the crazy hippie teachers, the stories of Larch Farm spill out of these pages. A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail is a beguiling read, as rich and promising as freshly turned earth.

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