Sharon Butala is the author of nineteen books of fiction and nonfiction, numerous essays and articles, poetry, and five produced plays. She published her first novel in 1984, Country of the Heart, which was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, followed by a collection of short stories, Queen of the Headaches. Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and taught English in her home province and Nova Scotia. She eventually returned to Saskatchewan to live, for three decades, on her husband Peter Butala’s ranch.
Ms Butala’s bestselling books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award and The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She is also the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and three honorary degrees from Canadian universities. As well, Ms Butala has received two lifetime achievement awards for her work: Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award and the Marion Engel Award. In 2017, her memoir, Where I Live Now, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction.