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Mir Centre for Peace presents Sharon Butala

:Prairie author Sharon Butala will provide important insight on the role of contemporary older women in North American society at the next Mir Centre for Peace Lecture on March 8, 2011

Never in history has there been such a large cohort of women living beyond their 70s, still in good health, who combined, are often trapped by poverty and the loss of meaningful roles in our individualistic culture.

Selkirk College's Mir Centre for Peace Winter Lecture Series invites you to gain insight on the role of contemporary older women in North American society with prairie author Sharon Butala. 

Author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books, Sharon Butala will draw from her own writing to provide important perspective on the collective position and function of women within this age group.  

"Sharon's message will provide an artful way to encourage and motivate women in this age bracket," says Mir Centre for Peace Chair Randy Janzen. "Sons and daughters, fathers, mothers and grandmothers alike are invited to participate and better understand one another."

Sharon Butala has been a guest at nearly every literary festival in Canada and a few in the U.S., has taught literally dozens of writing workshops. She has written many essays and articles and reviews and has had five plays produced, winning a number of awards along the way. In 2002, she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. 

She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize (Canada-Carribean section) for Fever, and shortlisted for the Governor General's Awards twice; once for fiction for Queen of the Headachesand once for non-fiction for The Perfection of the Morning. 

This lecture takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at Selkirk Colleges Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar (301 Frank Beinder Way). Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for seniors and students and $12 for adults. For more information, visit www.selkirk.ca/mir.