Susan Butruille

Meet Award-winning author Susan Butruille’s on Monday, June 10th at 6:00 pm at the Pendleton Public Library, 500 SW Dorion Avenue.

Susan Butruille will speak on her book Oregon Trail classic Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail is back as the 25th Anniversary edition, published by Epicenter Press in Seattle. Kathy Gaudry of Kuna published the first edition in 1993 during the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial through Tamarack Books, which also published Butruille’s other two books in the “Women’s Voices Series.” The new edition includes an expanded and updated “Guide to Women’s History Along the Oregon Trail.” Noted author Jane Kirkpatrick describes Susan’s book as “My go-to book for capturing the emotion of women’s stories as they crossed the continent. It’s the authentic account of the life, loss, and hope that marks that journey and is history as it should be written: as deeply moving story.”

Susan Butruille’s writing career began with a fishing column in Alaska. Following the Oregon Trail book, she wrote Women’s Voices from the Western Frontier, and Women’s Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush. She has written numerous articles, histories, film scripts, and a readers theatre suffrage play: Recipe For Justice. Her Master’s Degree thesis was entitled Tracing the Dark Madonna from Ephesus to Provence to Chartres. The author has taken her dramatic-musical presentations, workshops, and speeches from the Oregon Trail to Washington, D.C. to France. Butruille wrote the script for the film Bound For Oregon, featured at the end of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City. She co-founded and serves as a historical consultant for productions of Dangerous Women in Leavenworth, Washington, where the author lives with her husband, John.

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