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Katherine Palmer Gordon
BIO
Biography

The author of seven (soon to be eight!) non-fiction books, Katherine Palmer Gordon has been writing for publications in both Canada and New Zealand since 1995. Born in England in 1963, her much-travelled French/Scottish family eventually settled in New Zealand. She moved to Gabriola Island, British Columbia, in 2004, where she spent the next 11 years writing about contemporary issues that face society. She has covered some of the most beautiful regions of the planet; the people who live around us and what they do; and environmental, cultural, and business-related issues. Her first five books were published under the name Katherine Gordon. With the publication of her sixth book, she re-introduced her original name, Palmer, to her readers. With more than twenty-five years experience working with First Nations on land claims and inter-governmental relations, Katherine also writes about the complex and human side of treaty negotiations, reconciliation, and the path to justice for First Nations. Her book "We Are Born With the Songs Inside Us" (Harbour, September 2013) profiles a number of young First Nations men and women talking about their lives in 21st century BC and the importance of cultural connection to the successful path they are following (with a Foreword by Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo). In spring 2016, her story entitled Mother Tongues appeared in a new anthology edited by Danielle Metcalf-Chenaille entitled: "In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Reconciliation." Contributors are indigenous and non-indigenous writers from around the country, describing their personal experiences with reconciliation. In 2022, she returned home to British Columbia after residing in New Zealand for six years, where she was working on her next book, "This Place is Who We Are," (Harbour, publication spring 2023) as well as continuing her work in the Indigenous arena in both places.

ADDRESS
City: Gabriola, Province/Territory: British Columbia
EMAIL
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Finalist
Name
Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction
Name
BC Book Prizes for The Slocan: Portrait of a Valley
Name
2005
Name
Axiom Business Books Awards
Name
NYC: silver medal
Name
corporate history
Publication
Maps
Year
2011
Name
Mountains
Name
& Mosquitoes: the Mcelhanney Story
Name
1910 to 2010
Name
Axiom Business Books Awards
Name
NYC: Corporate: bronze medal
Name
corporate history
Publication
Strong Foundations : The Klohn Crippen Berger Story
Year
2021
Name
Roderick Haig-Brown Prize
Name
BC Book Prizes
Publication
Made to Measure: A History of BC Land Surveying
Year
2006
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Unlimited
Presentation Genre
Literary non-fiction
Presentation Length
Dependent on requirements/context
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Tailored to suit

Presentation Fee(s)
By negotiation: minimum $250 for 45 minute presentation
Workshop details
Audience Size
Maximum 8
Intended Audience
Adult writers
Workshop Length
Tailored to suit
Workshop Description
Workshop description

Tailored to suit

Workshop Fee(s)
By negotiation: minimum $750 for half-day workshop
School presentation details
Audience Size
Class size
Intended Audience
high school, senior level
Presentation Length
45 minutes including Q and A
Presentation Description
Presentation description

On books of interest in curriculum

Presentation Fee(s)
$250
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