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Moose Jaw Times Herald
Canada’s literary treasure keeps churning out fascinating novels.
At least that is how Heather Hodgson referred to Gail Bowen at the launch of her latest book – the 14th in her Joanne Kilbourn series – in front of some 30 people at the Willy Hodgson Life Enhancement Centre Sunday afternoon.
Twenty-three years after writing the first book of the series, Bowen’s latest literary masterpiece, The Gifted, still fills her readers with amazing interest.
“The book was published on August 13 and I’ve already received more than 100 emails from people asking me when my next book will be out,” said Bowen.
A former English professor at the First Nations University of Canada, Bowen expects to have the next book in her series available to the public next August.
At Sunday’s book launch, however, 40 per cent of the profits from the sale of her book on Sunday are going to fund a bursary close to her heart.
The money will benefit the Willy Hodgson Memorial Trust at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).
The bursary – in its second year – is for a First Nations student in SIAST’s psychiatric nursing program.
The $1,000 bursary is matched dollar for dollar by the provincial government.
“It’s something that I believe in and financial aid is good for any student,” noted Brown. “It’s an important thing for aboriginal students to take up an important role in the community.”