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Catherine Lang


Catherine Lang studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and considers herself lucky to have studied under Jack Hodgins, Jerri Lee, Constance Rooke and Hetty Clews. In 1988 she won the Penny Wise Journalism Scholarship to attend the journalism program at Langara College, after which she moved on to community newspaper reporting and freelance writing.  These endeavours led to the publication of O'Bon in Chimunesu in 1996, which is a creative non-fiction work about the former Japanese-Canadian community in Chemainus, BC.

Following a stint in the treaty negotiation biz for provincial government in Victoria from 2001 to 2015, Catherine retired to work as a seasonal editor of legislative debates, primarily so she could pursue writing a book. The mother of two grown children, she is now researching material for a book about her niece, Michelle Lang, the Calgary Herald journalist killed in Afghanistan in December 2009.

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O-bon in Chimunesu: A Community Remembered. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1996.


Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award for O-bon in Chimunesu, 1996.
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