We are proud to announce that Sharon Butala, author of LEAVING WISDOM, is the 3rd Recipient of the The Glengarry Book Award Prize for 2023!

Launched by the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts (SFFA) 2021, the Glengarry Book Award Prize was created to support and foster Saskatchewan’s literary culture. The Glengarry Book Award Prize is an annual award for the first edition of an English language novel or book of short fiction. This award is the vision of donor and book lover Claire Kramer, a founding trustee of the SFFA. 

The annual $20,000 (CAD) prize celebrates authors with Saskatchewan roots.

Learn more here about this prize: https://saskartsfoundation.com/award-announcement/2023-glengarry-award-recipient-short-list/

About Sharon Butala: 

Sharon was born in Nipawin in 1940 to Amy and Achille (Archie) Le Blanc and has four sisters. She has lived over 60 years in Saskatchewan, beginning school in a tiny convent and then a one-room eight-grade school, later was as a schoolchild in Saskatoon, followed by nine years on the University of Saskatchewan campus as student and teacher, has been an educator in several provinces, and spent 33 years as a rancher’s wife in Saskatchewan’s remote southwest. 

At 38 she began writing and at 44 published the first of her 22 books. In 1996 she and her husband Peter, with the provincial government and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, saw their ranch become the Old Man On His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area. Sharon has three Honorary Doctorates, is an Officer in the Order of Canada and is invested in the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Her son is the actor Sean Hoy and she has two grandchildren. LEAVING WISDOM is her ninth novel.

Sharon is represented by Marilyn Biderman. 

Congratulations Sharon!