Sharon Butala is an award-winning author of nineteen books, numerous articles and essays, poetry and five published plays. She has three times been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Butala is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the 2012 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. In 2002 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.