Member Profile

Sharon Butala

Photo: Joanne Gregoire, Prairie Portraits 2001

Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she has spent the last thirty years on a ranch in the southwest near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, but didn't begin writing until she was 38, publishing her first book at 44. She is married to Peter Butala, and has one son, Sean Hoy, and two grandchildren. The Butala ranch, with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, became the Old Man On His Back Conservation Area in 1993. She has published fifteen works of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as essays, articles, and poems and has had five plays produced. Next book: THE GIRL IN SASKATOON: A MEDITATION ON FRIENDSHIP, MEMORY AND MURDER: HarperCollins, 2008.

Phone number:


The Garden of Eden. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1998.
The Gates of the Sun. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1994.
The Fourth Archangel. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 1992.
Luna. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1994; Fifth House Publishers, 1988.
Fever. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 1990.
The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature. HarperCollins, 1994.
Wild Stone Heart. HarperCollins, 2000
Real Life. HarperCollins, 2005.
Lilac Moon: Dreaming of the Real West. HarperCollins, 2005


Marian Engel Award for Women Writers in Mid-Career
Two Saskatchewan Book Awards for Nonfiction
Three Western Magazine Awards
Silver National Magazine Award
Five conservation awards
Officer, Order of Canada
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Fever, 1992
Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for fiction and for nonfiction for Queen of the Headaches; The Perfection of the Morning
Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence for All, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Northern OAC WITS:
GST not applicable