Author of Underground
June Hutton is at home with blue collar themes. She was born and raised on Vancouver’s east side, the daughter of a factory worker and a delivery truck driver. Growing up, she was a swamper, assembly line worker and printing press operator before becoming a journalist. She has lived in such diverse Canadian settings as Toronto and Whitehorse, where she was a reporter covering the Native Affairs and Northern Development beat. As part of her research for her novel Underground, she returned to the north to ride a two-man boat down the remote Teslin and Yukon rivers. The Globe and Mail calls her writing “taut and lean, elegant and poetic ” while the Owen Sound Sun-Times says Underground is “brilliantly conceived, totally convincing and akin to the works of an early Steinbeck.” Currently, June lives back on Vancouver’s east side where she is a member of the SPiN writing group. For further information about June please see www.junehutton.com
June Hutton’s poetry and prose have been published in a number of literary magazines. She won the Pottersfield Portfolio micro fiction competition for “The Question” and was a finalist in the Great Canadian Panty Poem competition for “A Reporter Writes of Magnificent Nudes” – about Doukhobor protests -- published in Panty Lines, an anthology by Blue Moon Press. Underground (Cormorant 2009) is her first novel.
Underground is about a Canadian’s search for identity as he journeys from the mud of the Somme to the burnt fields of civil war Spain. In its depiction of labour, from swinging picks on a British Columbia mountainside to wielding scythes in a Spanish rye field, it is also a celebration of work and of the camaraderie of workers.