Tanna Patterson: Butterflies from Bucamaranga
Reading and book launch @ Oxygen Art Centre
Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Tanna Patterson-Z’s fictionalized account of the 1998 kidnapping of Canadian diamond driller, Edward Leonard, by the leftist guerilla forces of Colombia, guides readers deep into the physical and political terrain of a beautiful but dangerous country that remains off-limits to the casual traveler.
Butterflies in Bucamaranga is the story of a man caught in the collision between Western corporate imperatives and revolutionary politics – and whose unlikely obsession with the beautiful blue morpho butterfly proves the key to his survival, and his reunion with his family back home in British Columbia.
Tanna Patterson-Z has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Renewable Resources diploma from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta.
Her first book, Exploring the Creston Valley, published by Waterwheel Press, is a guide to hiking, bicycling, and canoeing in the Creston Valley.
She has contributed articles to the Creston Valley Advance and to the newsletter of the conservation group, Wildsight.
She thanks her father and her teacher/librarian mom for a lifelong love of music and books and is happy sharing the Kootenay lifestyle with her husband and two sons.
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