Turning Left to the Ladies

Turning Left to the Ladies

by Kate Braid
     
 

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In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work -- secretary, waitress,

Overview

In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work -- secretary, waitress, receptionist. Turning Left to the Ladies is an autobiographical account of the fifteen years she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journey carpenter, building houses, high rises and bridges. She was the first female member of the Vancouver union local of the Carpenters and the first full-time woman teaching trades at the BC Institute of Technology. It is a wry, sometimes humorous, sometimes meditative look at one woman's relationship to her craft, and the people she met along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978491703
Publisher:
Palimpsest Press
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Kate Braid has published three books of poetry: Covering Rough Ground (Polestar), which won the Pat Lowther Award, To This Cedar Fountain (Polestar), nominated for the BC Poetry Book Prize, and Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr (Polestar), winner of the Vancity Book Prize. With poet Sandy Shreve she edited In Fine Form: The Canadian Anthology of Form Poetry (Polestar). Braid has also written, co-written or edited three books of non-fiction, and her essays, articles and poems have been widely published and anthologized. She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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