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Beatrice Mosionier is a Métis writer best known for her novel In Search of April Raintree. She was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba.
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Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Beatrice Mosionier is a Métis writer best known for her novel In Search of April Raintree, first published in 1983. A school edition, April Raintree, followed in 1984.

The youngest of four children, Beatrice was three years old when the Children’s Aid Society of Winnipeg took her from her family. Losing both of her sisters to suicide—Vivian in 1964 and Katherine in 1980—compelled Beatrice to use her experiences growing up in foster homes to write In Search of April Raintree. Since then, it has become a beloved classic, read by generations of Canadians.

Most recently, she wrote the foreword for Overcome, Stories of Women Who Grew Up in the Child Welfare System, by Anne Mahon. She has written several other books, including a play and a short film, and she is the former publisher of Pemmican Publications. She now lives in Enderby, British Columbia.

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I never had to hide any book from my foster parents because all the books I read were family- oriented. What I did have to hide was that I was disguising the books I read as schoolwork because once I began to read a book and got hooked, it would have been almost impossible to tear me away from it. Oh, and there were many so they made for very stressful times.

From my spy books: know your enemy.

I think because I am a Virgo person, I take great comfort in having nothing on my desk. But when I am working, I have clutter everywhere. I definitely prefer the having-nothing on my desk, also known as a clean desk. Goes to show why I don’t write many books.

I have insomnia, so if I finally get to sleep and then wake up, I worry that I did not get enough sleep. Then I worry that I won’t be able to get back to sleep.

One of my secret ambitions is to come to a time, when I have absolutely no commitments or responsibilities to tend to, and then I can just relax and finally read all the books I collected for my retirement.

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