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.
Turning Left to the Ladiesby Kate Braid
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.
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