Thistledown Press Author Reading: Rita Bouvier, Katherine Walker, & Lee Gowan

Saturday, July 16
5-6 PM
2nd Floor Lobby
Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (217 Main St. N)

Join Thistledown Press and Saskatchewan Festival of Words for an evening of readings featuring Rita Bouvier, Katherine Walker, and Lee Gowan. Books by the authors will be available for purchase, with snacks and a cash bar available!

The event will start 5 PM and will take place on the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (217 Main St. N). Attendance is FREE.

Rita Bouvier’s fourth book of poetry, a beautiful rebellion, will be released by Thistledown Press in the Spring of 2023. Her draft manuscript placed second for the 2021 SWG, John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award. Rita’s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, musicals and television productions, and has been translated into Spanish, German and Cree-Michif of her home community of sakitawak—Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, Canada situated on the historic trading and meeting grounds of Cree and Dene people.

Katherine Walker was born and raised in Calgary, located in the Treaty 7 region on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and the Métis Nation (Region 3). She studied fine arts and design and after working as a graphic designer up north, Katherine joined the Royal Canadian Navy, which took her to the west and east coasts and out to sea. Her recent graduate studies in divinity, along with her artistic and military background, enhance her journey through life. You can talk with Katherine about divine guidance, dismantling underwater mines, or the connection between beauty and truth. Katherine is grateful for the tradition of story, the wilderness, and every breath in this amazing life. All Is Well is her first novel.

Lee Gowan grew up on a farm near Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and studied at the University of British Columbia, where he earned an MFA in creative writing. He is the author of The Beautiful Place (Thistledown Press) and three previous novels: Confession, The Last Cowboy, and Make Believe Love, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Award for Best Book in Ontario. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for his screenplay Paris or Somewhere. He is currently Program Director, Creative Writing and Business Communications, at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

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