April 4, 2023
Virtual Author Event: Kate Beaton
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Join us for an enlightening hour online with highly-acclaimed Kate Beaton, the New York Times bestselling author of Hark! A
Vagrant! and Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.
first full-length graphic narrative follows Beaton after university as she
heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush, part of the long
tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they
can't find it in the homeland they love so much. Arriving in Fort McMurray,
Beaton finds work in the lucrative camps owned and operated by the world’s
largest oil companies. Being one of the few women among thousands of men, the
culture shock is palpable. She encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil
sands where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet never discussed. Her wounds
may never heal.
Beaton’s natural cartooning prowess is on full display as she draws colossal machinery and mammoth vehicles set against a sublime Albertan backdrop of wildlife, Northern Lights, and Rocky Mountains. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is more than a
memoir, it’s also an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on
its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both
the riches of its land and the humanity of its people.
Register now! https://libraryc.org/beclibrary/
This event is made possible by the
voters of Minnesota through a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library
Cooperative, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural