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Remind Me

An Afternoon with Sharon Butala

Sunday Oct 24 2021 2:00 pm, Saskatoon, Zoom

Join Sharon Butala for the launch of This Strange Visible Air. Hosted by Elizabeth Philips.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

In this incisive collection, Sharon Butala reflects on the ways her life has changed as she’s grown old. She tackles ageism and loneliness, friendship and companionship. She writes with pointed wit and acerbic humour about dinner parties and health challenges and forgetfulness and complicated family relationships and the pandemic – and lettuce. And she does it all with the tremendous skill and beauty of a writer who has masterfully honed her craft over the course of her storied career.

Sharon Butala, an Officer of the Order of Canada, has published twenty-one award-winning books of fiction and non-fiction. She lived in Saskatchewan for most of her life and now lives and writes in Calgary.

Elizabeth Philips was the director of the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writer Intensive for eight years. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Torch River. In 2015, she published her first novel, The Afterlife of Birds (Freehand Books), winner of the City of Saskatoon Book Award and a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She is a former editor of Grain magazine, and is now the newly appointed Acquisition Editor for Thistledown Press. She lives in Saskatoon.

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This Strange Visible Air

- by Sharon Butala

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A collection of essays on women and aging from Canadian legend Sharon Butala "What I didn't have a clue about was that I was soon to be old, or what being old would mean to my dreams and desires. While dreading old age with every fibre, I was at the same time in full denial that it would ever happen to me, and so, was shocked down to the soles of my feet when it did." In this incisive collection, Sharon Butala reflects on the ways her life has changed as she's grown old. She knows that society fails the elderly massively, and so she tackles ageism and loneliness, friendship and companionship. She writes with pointed wit and acerbic humour about dinner parties and health challenges and forgetfulness and complicated family relationships and the pandemic -- and lettuce. And she tells her story with the tremendous skill and beauty of a writer who has masterfully honed her craft over the course of her storied four-decade career. Butala gives us a book to be cherished -- an elegant and expansive look at the complexities and desires of aging and the aged, standing in stark contrast to the stereotyped, simplistic portrayals of the elderly in our culture. This Strange Visible Air is a true gift.