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Presentation and Book Signing by Author Karen Autio and Artist Loraine Kemp

  • Summerland Museum and Archives 9521 Wharton Street Summerland Canada (map)

Meet children’s author Karen Autio and artist Loraine Kemp and learn about their collaborative process for the creation of Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon.

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Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This narrative nonfiction picture book, with illustrations by Loraine Kemp, includes natural and social history.

In a hidden canyon in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations, and historical images and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing in one sheltered and sacred space, award-winning author Karen Autio gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America.