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Camouflage Complex: the Art of Deception

I’m so eager to share a new project that I’ve been working on that is more timely than ever. Camouflage Complex: The Art of Deception is an one act opera based on my book, Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas. The opera, written by Lloyd Burritt follows a genderfluid protagonist as they navigate awkward, funny, and sometimes dangerous public interactions as a “person of between”.

It will be performed at the downtown branch of Vancouver Public Library on June 11th (noon).

As gender and racial polarity, social-political, corporate deception, and daily acts of mass shootings have become more prevalent and normalized, it’s time to take a stand and speak up.

To find out more and to support this project, please visit:

Invitation to Bloodroot Book Launch

Hello writer friends,

I’d like you to know about a livestream performance launch for the second edition of my 2000 memoir Bloodroot:Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss. This new edition includes a new Foreword by Susan Olding. It also includes a long essay on further backstory revelations and the impact of the book on the readers (and me as a writer) that continues 20 years later. 

Date/Time: Tuesday November 23, 2021, 4:00 to 5:00 PM PST

I’ve invited 6 women author friends to read short excerpts of their choice from the book. I will base my short short reading in concert with what they read.

More details and registration is available at EventBrite.

Do reserve your spot sooner than later as the event capacity is limited.

Do hope you can join us. Betsy

VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award Winner Announced

The VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award recognizes titles that combine two or more genres, such as memoir and literary criticism, fiction and non-fiction, or memoir and poetry.

The inaugural winner was announced at a ceremony at the Vancouver Writers Fest on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Winner: Jordan Abel, Nishga, Penguin Random House;
Shortlisted: Lindsay B., -e., The Cyborg Anthology, Brick Books and Fanen Chiahemen, Never Make a Sound: A Memoir, The Awakened Press

More details, including commentary by inaugural judge Wayde Compton, can be found at

If you’re enjoying the excerpts in Oscar's Salon, buy Oscar of Between and I’ll sign the copy with a personal message.