Raised in Vancouver, she is the daughter of Fritz Bowers, a City councillor and then City Manager of Vancouver. She has an Honours English degree from UBC (1974) and taught Grade Five for several years in Nelson. She started freelancing in Victoria in 1981, at first with magazine articles, then with educational writing. A Western Magazine Award winner, her writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Beautiful British Columbia and other Canadian and U.S. publications. She has has also been a guest speaker for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, and has won one of their Information Awards.

She and her family moved back to Nelson in 1990, and now live outside of town. She escapes into the wilderness to hike, ski or canoe as often as possible. Her first book for adults, In the Path of an Avalanche, recalls the events of January 1998 when six experienced back-country skiers were buried in in a Class 3 avalanche in the Selkirk Mountains. Bowers takes a scientific approach to the tragedy, explaining how avalanches are triggered, how they can be predicted, etc., while also recounting the drama of the search-and-rescue efforts, the invasion of urban media and the impact on friends and the local community.

Her non-fiction book Crazy About Canada won the 2006 Canadian Science Writers' Association's "Science In Society Journalism Award"; in the Children's Book category. Crazy About Canada: Amazing Things Kids Want to Know is illustrated by Dianne Eastman and published by Maple Tree Press, in partnership with Canadian Geographic magazine. The book answers actual questions sent in by children from across the country, such as, "Why are beaver's teeth orange?"; or "Where does the water come from that flows over Niagara Falls?"; or "What's that hairy thing underneath a moose's chin for?"; It features two cartoon characters-the author herself and her sidekick, Morton-who celebrate the notion of being curious, asking questions and tracking down information. Bowers previously won the same award for Crime Science in 1998, later reissued as Crime Scene. Another nationalist educational book, Hey Canada! (Tundra 2012), Illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, was shortlisted for the 2013 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize.


DATE OF BIRTH: November 29, 1951




2007 Canadian Science Writers Association "Science in Society" journalism award for children's book
2002 Red Cedar Book Award
2002 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award
2000 Information Book Award
2000 BC Book Prize (Sheila A. Egoff Children's Award)
1998 Canadian Science Writers Association "Science in Society" journalism award for children's book
1982 Western Magazine Award

2004 Mountain Literature Award, Banff Mountain Book Festival
2003/4 (Saskatchewan) Diamond Willow Award
2000 Mr. Christie Award
2000 Libris Award for Non-Fiction
2000 Canadian Science Writers Association Award
2000 Red Cedar Award
1998 Silver Birch Award (Ontario Library Association)
1998 Western Magazine Award


Hey Canada! (Tundra 2012). Illustrated by Milan Pavlovic.
Crazy About Canada: Amazing Things Kids Want to Know (Kids Can 2006). Illustrated by Dianne Eastman.
That's Very Canadian! Maple Tree Press, 2004. 1-897066-05-08.
In the Path of an Avalanche. Greystone Books, 2003 1-55054-518-3 $22.95
Only in Canada. Maple Tree Press, 2002
Wow Canada. Owl Books, 1999, 2010.
Crime Science. Owl Books, 1997; reissued and revised as Crime Scene: How Investigators Use Science to Track Down the Bad Guys (Maple Tree Press, 2006).
British Columbia, Lerner Publications, 1995

[BCBW 2013] "Outdoors" "Kidlit"