Joylene Nowell Butler

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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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Dead Witness

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Matowak: Woman Who Cries

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Broken But Not Dead

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Maski: Broken But Not Dead

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IWSG – May – My Readers

I’ve always wondered what it must be like to have one thousand people show up at your book release. Can you imagine? It would be incredible. But whether there are one thousand, or four hundred, or five, readers are precious. I did a reading many years ago at our local library in Prince George. When it was over, a teenage girl dragged her mother to the front of the room so “mum” could tell me that Read more of this blog post »
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The Angle of Flickering Light by Gina Troisi is a beautifully written and elegantly narrated memoir that I couldn't put down. The little girl's voice was wise yet innocent. I wanted to wrap my arms around her, protect her,
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I love this novel. Winter Light is the story of Mary Donahue, a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks, who struggles to rise above her circumstances. This story tugged at my heartstrings. It's a darker coming-of-age story. Mary's dad is an alcoh ...more
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Winter Light is a wonderful story about a girl who never asked for any of the crap that's happening to her. She wants to save herself, but like most teenagers, she's doesn't know how. And besides, who can she trust? Fifty years ago, I knew a girl lik ...more
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" Thanks, Anne. I've been a follower for several years now, but I don't think I've commented. I think I was afraid to admit I couldn't remember much of ...more "
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