Having won a writing contest when she was eight years old, Carolyn Redl has been penning stories ever since. She grew up in northern Saskatchewan, attended the University of Saskatchewan and later earned a PhD in English from the University of Alberta. She eventually ended up teaching English at the University of British Columbia. She has written many travel articles, has a collection of poetry, earthbound (Borealis Press 1978) and a memoir, A Canadian Childhood (FriesenPress 2016).

The focus for her memoir is living on a farm, capturing what it was like living a rural Canadian life in the 1940s and 1950s. Redl describes skiing to school, collecting magpie eggs for bounty, and swimming in a frigid snow-melt pond. It is also a coming-of-age story describing Redl's awareness that her father longed for a son; being bullied at the one-room country school she attended; and moving to town for high school where she lived in a garage.


earthbound (Borealis Press 1978) 978-0919594906

A Canadian Childhood (FriesenPress 2016) 978-1-4602-8831-3

[BCBW 2016]