Karen holds a master’s degree in education and is a speaker, writer, and educator.
She teaches a memoir writing class, Legacy Writers, through the community college.
(Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2007) Highly Recommended, cm Magazine Shortlist, 2008 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association “Relayed in first person narrative, Jace reveals himself to be a complex and richly layered character whose attempts to fill in the spaces in his notebook reward him with something more valuable than what he initially expected to find in Mexico- a sense of identity, and resolution.
Immensely powerful, and ranging from comical to heartbreaking, the narration is intimate, detailed and profound, leaving readers with their own spaces to interpret and fill in from Jace’s observations.
Photos and essays detail the building of this collector’s model rifle, valued at over 0,000, which has made its way through the hands of the world’s most renowned artisan gunmakers, and from the walnut orchard in Australia where the wood was harvested for the stock to the checkering cradle in Montana; from the steel mill in Michigan to the engraver’s vise in Arizona — where it now sits waiting for final customization.
The book includes photos by award winning firearms photographer Ron Toews and descriptive narrative from many of the contributing artisans.
She began writing the memoir when her father, a WWII veteran, started having flashbacks and nightmares more than 60-years after the war.She lives and works in Ladner, in a houseful of boys, and is currently at work on a middle-grade mystery novel set in one of the nearby floathome communities on the Fraser River.She teaches Writing For Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia.As the tale unfolds, however, [the reader] follows the changes [he experiences] and sees that he is worthwhile, worth the effort.Chris Crutcher–move over.” – Leslie Koster, Toronto Public Library Stranger at Bayyoung adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1997) Shortlisted, CNIB Torgi Award, 1999 Shortlisted, Red Maple Award, 1998 Ontario Library Association Shortlisted, Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1998 Nominee, The 1998 Blue Heron Award Of Things Not Seen young adult novel(Stoddart Publishing, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1995) Shortlisted, Manitoba Young Reader’s Award, 1998 Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 1996, Canadian Authors Association Ann Connor Brimer Award, 1995, Best book written by an Atlantic Canadian author Recommended for classroom study at the secondary level by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Aker’s intensity of characterization provides a multifaceted glimpse of the pressures facing a male teen….