Friday, May 12, 2017 - 1:45pm
Beth Goobie grew up in Guelph, Ontario. She has wanted to be a writer since she started to read, however she didn’t join her high school writing club, nor did she do much creative writing until her late twenties, when she took four creative writing courses at the University of Alberta. After high school, she lived in Holland for one year, where she worked as a nanny and learned Dutch. Then she moved to Winnipeg, where she earned a B. A., with a major in English Literature. Following this, she spent 5 and a half years working in locked and open residential treatment centres for teenagers and children. In 1989, she became very ill with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and it was during this period that she wrote her first books. Actually, she talked her first few books onto tape, then transcribed them onto a typewriter, and eventually, onto a floppy disc. The first book that she talked onto tape, Mission Impossible, went on to be short listed for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature and win the R. Ross Annett Award. By 1996, she had essentially recovered from CFS, and had also seen her first eight books published.
In 1996, Beth moved to Saskatoon, where she continues to live. Since 1991, she has had 24 books published, 18 of which are for young adults. Many of her books deal with issues of bullying, domestic violence, and peer sexual assault, including her latest novel, The Pain Eater.
Beth Goobie's visit to Brandon is part of the author tour for Canadian Children's Book Week.