Member Profile

Karen Bass

Photo: Ellen Birkhahn 2016

Karen has always been an avid reader and for many years reading satisfied her love of story. That changed when she was hired to manage the local library and the desire to write took root. Since then her stories and articles have been published in local newspapers, magazines and anthologies, plus a few national publications. But if you ask, she will tell you that she is primarily a novelist.

Six of Karen's YA novels, and one middle grade, have been published to date. Four of her novels explore various aspects of her long-standing fascination with World War Two. Spice that up with a contemporary fiction, and a spooky supernatural, and round it out with a time travel story. Bottom line: Karen just loves stories.

A fourth-generation Albertan, Karen grew up on a farm in the Peace Country, attended the University of Alberta, and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria. After twenty-seven years in northwest Alberta, she and her husband recently pulled up stakes and headed east, excited to explore another part of Canada.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Run Like Jäger. Coteau Books, 2008
Summer of Fire. Coteau Books, 2009
Drummer Girl. Coteau Books, 2011
Graffiti Knight. Pajama Press, 2013
Uncertain Soldier. Pajama Press, 2015
The Hill. Pajama Press, 2016
Two Times a Traitor. Pajama Press, 2017

Awards

CAA Exporting Alberta Award for Run Like Jäger, 2009
Silver Medal Winner - Young Adult Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards for Run Like Jäger, 2009
Gold Medal Winner - Young Adult Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards for Summer of Fire, 2010
Bronze Medal Winner - Young Adult Fiction, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Drummer Girl, 2012
Winner - Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year for Graffiti Knight, 2014
Winner (Alberta Literary Awards) - R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for Graffiti Knight, 2014
Winner - CCBC Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers for Graffiti Knight, 2014
Winner - CCBC Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Readers for Uncertain Soldier, 2016
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

For schools or general audiences: A discussion of the writing process, from idea to novel, as it pertains to Karen’s novels, and includes brief readings, with time for questions/discussion. She has some WWII props and a Powerpoint slide show of her travels in Germany (places that relate to, and changed, her stories).

Presentation Length:
1 hour
Genre:
YA
Grades:
6-12
Audience size:
50 max (flexible)
Workshop Description:

Experience as a writer-in-residence allowed me to hone workshops on the basic aspects of writing including plot, character, editing and others. Presentations can be tailored upon request.

Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$300.00
Two sessions:
$500.00
Three sessions:
$700.00
Four sessions:
$800.00
One session:
$200.00
Two sessions:
$400.00
Three sessions:
$550.00
Four sessions:
$650.00
GST:
GST not applicable