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Sharon Butala: Season of Fury and Wonder

"I will be talking about the stories in my new collection, Season of Fury and Wonder, and how it came about that I wrote them. This is an unusual story and as such, I think I will find myself talking about what we call "the muse," and about intuition and even the place of dreams in the life of an artist. Also, I had a lot of things I wanted to say about being an old woman and when these stories presented themselves, I had found a home for them. In addition, though, the stories came to me as responses to the very famous stories people my age read and studied when we were undergrads at university and are often stories younger people have never looked at or when they do, can't figure out what the fuss is all about. Has what is considered to be good writing changed in the face of the digitalization of the world?”

Bio: Sharon has published eight novels, three collections of short stories and eight works of nonfiction which includes her bestselling memoir The Perfection of the Morning and its follow-up Where I Live Now. My fourth collection of short stories, Season of Fury and Wonder, is her twentieth published book. She has also written for newspapers, magazines, online, and has had five plays produced (one published), a poetry chapbook, and in fall 2020 will have another novel out.

Sharon’s had three nominations for the Governor General's Award and the regional Commonwealth Prize. She received the Marian Engel Award, the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, some Western Magazine awards for my articles and a Silver National Magazine Award for a short story as well as two Honourable Mentions for an article on prairie agriculture. In 2001 she became an Officer in the Order of Canada, in 2009 was inducted into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and she has received three Honorary Doctorates (U of R, U of S, U of A.).

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