Book cover of Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beatonby Kate Beaton

“An exceptionally beautiful book about loneliness, labor, and survival.“―Carmen Maria Machado

Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there was Katie Beaton of the Cape Breton Beaton, specifically Mabou, a tight-knit seaside community where the lobster is as abundant as beaches, fiddles, and Gaelic folk songs. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush―part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can’t find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

Interview with the Author

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Life in Canada’s Oil Sands – Kate Beaton interview of her new graphic novel, DUCKS
9/15/22           36 min

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Graphic novel tackles life on the Canadian oil sands
11/22/22           53 min

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212. Kate Beaton with Claire Dederer: Alberta’s Oil Boom, Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes
11/15/22           91 min

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Kate Beaton on Why Ducks, Her Coming-Of-Age Memoir, Isn’t Quite As “Desolate” or “Dismal” As Some Critics Have Suggested
9/17/22           35 min

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