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FBCW Author Connection: Kate Braid, 'Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman'

  • 17 Sep 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Join FBCW president Jacqueline Carmichael in conversation with Kate Braid, author of 'Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman' and 'Journeywoman.' 

(IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, PLEASE register, and a link will be sent to you via email. Keep the email, and when it's time for the event, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ZOOM LINK THAT WAS EMAILED TO YOU. Looking forward to seeing you!) 

In the long-awaited follow-up to her 2012 memoir, Journeywoman, Kate Braid returns with an honest and thought-provoking collection of essays reflecting on her career in a male-dominated profession and on the changes female tradespeople have witnessed. 

Kate’s new book Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman, published by Caitlin Press, is hot off the press. 

Kate worked as a receptionist, secretary, child care worker and lumber piler before stumbling (literally) into construction.  For fifteen years she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journey carpenter building houses, high rises and bridges and doing renovations as a non-union, union and self-employed carpenter.  Her passion was concrete.

During her early years in construction, with no other women to talk to, she began talking instead to her journals, keeping copious notes to try and understand the very male culture of construction (“Why are they acting like this?  Why am I?”)  Eventually as the working days grew longer and her lines shorter, she realized she was writing poetry.  This led to her first book, Covering Rough Ground, which won the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman.

Kate has taught non-credit writing courses in writing workshops across Canada and her essays and poems have been widely anthologized and reprinted. In 2012, she was writer-in-residence at Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico and in the same year, was declared one of Vancouver’s  Remarkable Women of the Arts by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. In November 2015 she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts, for showing “leadership and support for Vancouver’s cultural community over the course of her career” and for “signficant contribution” to the Literary Arts in Vancouver. She continues to give talks and readings on issues of women entering the trades.

Jacqueline Carmichael is president of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. A former writer at the Edmonton Sun, the Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur Magazine and others, she was the publisher of the Westerly News in Tofino/Ucluelet. Jacqueline is the author of 'Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front' (Heritage House, November 2020), 'Tweets from the Trenches' and 'The FabJob Guide to Become a Party Planner.' She is at work finishing a novel set on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. 

This free session from the Federation of British Columbia Writers is open to all. By registering here, you will receive an email with a link to click on when it's time for the session. Questions? Email fbcw.islands@gmail.com  

Looking forward to seeing you! 


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