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Pam Bustin

Pam Bustin

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Pam Bustin was born in Regina SK and raised in a host of small towns across the prairies.  She currently lives MOSTLY in Chapleau Ontario with a lovely man and 10,001 books - though she still tends to wander. Pam’s play Saddles in the Rain had its world premiere at 25th Street Theatre in Saskatoon, won the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award and is published in the anthology The West of all Possible Worlds. Her other stage plays include barefoot and The Passage of Georgia O'Keeffe which have traveled to Fringe Theatre Festivals across Canada.  Three of her radio dramas (Coffee in Lloyd, The White Car Project and Talking with the Dead) have aired nationally on the CBC and her fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Cahoots Magazine, Spring! and Transitions. Her novel, Mostly Happy, won the First Book and Fiction awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards (2008), made the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association's YA Top Forty Fiction List and won the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award (2010).

Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, LGBTQI2S fiction, Drama, Non-Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Mostly Happy (Novel). 2008, Thistledown Press
GROUND: Hanoi to Hiroshima in the Wake of 9/11 (Essay). 2012, TNQ (The New Quarterly) Issue 121
Between the Bottles and the Knives: Celebrating 25 Years with the SPC (Essay) West-Words: Celebrating Western Canadian Theatre and Playwriting. 2011, CPRC Press
The Mostly Happy Couch Surfing Tour (Featured Article). 2009, Cahoots Magazine
A Girl Named Bean (Short Story). 2005, Spring! Volume 4
Saddles in the Rain (Play) in The West of all Possible Worlds: Six from the Prairies . 2004, Playwrights Canada Press
Sometimes You Wanna Go…. 2004, Transitions
Bad Men Who Love Jesus (Short Story). 2003, TNQ The New Quarterly Issue 86


Saskatchewan Book Award - FICTION for Mostly Happy, 2008
Saskatchewan Book Award - Brenda Riches award for FIRST BOOK for Mostly Happy, 2008
White Pine Award (Ontario Library Association) for Mostly Happy, 2010
John V Hicks Manuscript Award for Saddles in the Rain, 2002
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