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Joylene Nowell Butler

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Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada



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I am Canadian/Métis, the author of suspense novels Dead Witness, Maski: Broken But Not Dead, Break Time, and Matowak. I won the IPPY Silver Medal for Broken But Not Dead in 2012. Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, (April 25, 1953) I am the youngest of three children of Charles (Charlie) Murray Nowell, veteran, farmer and truck driver, and Gabrielle Frances, (nee Desjardins), a member of the wartime singing trio The Desjardins Sisters. When my father was discharged from the Navy, he moved us from Victoria to Haney, (Maple Ridge) BC.. I grew up with horses, cows, pigs and chickens. A regular tomboy. I received a Bachelor Degree in English and Philosophy from Douglas College and attended Simon Fraser University. In 1979, my husband Ralph a ...more

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Mâtowak: Woman Who Cries

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