STETSON, Valerie




Author Tags: Fiction, Poetry

Born in Whitecourt, Alberta, Valerie Stetson grew up in various locales around Alberta & British Columbia. At 18, she moved to Victoria. She gained a B.A. in English at the University of Victoria, and later worked as a tutor, a bookstore clerk and as a publicist for a nature sanctuary. After publishing some freelance articles in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, she became a humour columnist for the Times Colonist. She moved to Kelowna in 1999 and began writing full-time. Stetson received the Bronwen Wallace Award for "The Year I Got Impatient" in 2001. It became the title story for her first fiction collection, The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan 2007), shortlisted for the Writers' Union of Canada 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her first poetry collection is Living in Gravity (Palimpset Press, 2008).

BOOKS:

The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan 2007) $18.95 0-88982-238-7

Living in Gravity (Palimpset Press, 2008). $18. Poetry.

[BCBW 2009] "Fiction" "Poetry"

The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan $18.95)
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The long list of B.C. authors who have worked in bookstores includes mystery writer Laurence Gough, who worked at Duthies, as did Mark Vonnegut, son of Kurt. On the other side of the Strait, Robert Wiersema works at Bolen’s, and Sheila Munro worked at Munro’s Books, as did Valerie Stetson who received the Bronwen Wallace Award for the first story she ever completed, “The Year I Got Impatient” in 2001. Stetson’s debut story has become the title piece for her first fiction collection, The Year I Got Impatient (Oolichan $18.95). Stetson lived in Victoria for thirteen years prior to moving to Kelowna in 1999. Having written humour and television columns for the Times Colonist, she’s now turning her story entitled “Graham Getty’s Last Swim” into a novel. 0-88982-238-7

[BCBW 2007]