Sharon Butala (born Sharon Annette LeBlanc, 1940 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan)is a Canadian writer and novelist.
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Butala was born in an outpost hospital in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. She was the second of five daughtersborn to Amy Graham and Achille LeBlanc, who ran a sawmill near Garrick, Saskatchwan. In 1946 her family moved to the French-Canadian town of St. Louis, Saskatchewan, and moved again when she was thirteen years old to the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan obtaining both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. Between her third and fourth year of university she married for the first time. This marriage lasted 14 years, and her son, Sean Hoy, was born during this time.
The University of Saskatchewan is a Canadian public research university, founded on March 19, 1907, and located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. An "Act to establish and incorporate a University for the Province of Saskatchewan" was passed by the provincial legislature in 1907. It established the provincial university on March 19, 1907 "for the purpose of providing facilities for higher education in all its branches and enabling all persons without regard to race, creed or religion to take the fullest advantage". The University of Saskatchewan is the largest education institution in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s top research universities and is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities.
After graduating she taught English in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and also taught in a special program for the YMCA in Halifax, Nova Scotia.In 1969 she returned to Saskatoon and worked in special education at Princess Alexandra School. In 1972 she returned to the University of Saskatchewan to work on a post-graduate diploma in education and began teaching for the College of Education.
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By 1975 she was divorced and working on her Master of Education degree with a budding academic career when she met Peter Butala.She abandoned her degree, and they were married on May 21, 1976, after which she moved to his ranch near Eastend, Saskatchewan. It was here that she began writing seriously, and this environment became the setting of much of her writing. Her first book, Country of the Heart, was published in 1984 and was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award.
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As head of the Eastend Arts Council she spearheaded the creation of the Wallace Stegner House Residence for Artists in which Wallace Stegner's childhood home was turned into a retreat for writers and artists.She lived near Eastend until 14 months after Peter's death in 2007. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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She was shortlisted for the Governor General's award twice, once for fiction for Queen of the Headaches, and once for nonfiction for The Perfection of the Morning. The Fall 2012 issue of Prairie Fire , entitled The Visionary Art of Sharon Butalawas dedicated to Butala and her work and influence. She and her husband, Peter Butala, were also involved in the creation of the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area. The Butala homestead is now the interpretive centre for this area of original and restored mixed grass prairie.
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Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area is a 5300-hectare Conservation area located in Reno Municipality No. 51, Saskatchewan, Canada. The area gets its name from Old Man On His Back Plateau which is located in the boundaries of the conservation area. The interpretive centre is located in the Butala Homestead.
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