Upcoming EVENTS

May 13, 2019, 7-8:30 pm at Calgary’s new Central Library: Barb and Lee Kvern back up Bruce Hunter in the celebration and re-release of his book Country Music Country. The event will include closed captioning (CART) and an ASL interpreter.

June 11, 2019 7-8 pm at Calgary’s new Central Library: Barb and printmaker Sally Reesman present a short talk on their Print(ed) Word project (on permanent display on the 4th floor of the library.)

June 22, 5:30-8 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary: Mini performance of The Shoe Project (= 600-word stories written by immigrant women and told through the lens of a pair of shoes.) Free. Nondenominational. theshoeproject

Publication NEWS

Upcoming in Spring 2019 in The Green Bag: “Literary Judgments” - Barb’s essay on the use of literary references in legal judgments.

“Justice for None” -  Barb’s feature article on court delay in the December 2018 issue of Alberta Views Magazine (available here: justice)

The Shoe Project - after two sold out performances to over 500 people, the 2018-19 Calgary Shoe Project has come to a close. Barb mentored thirteen amazing immigrant women as they created 600-word stories about the journey, and the shoes, that brought them to Canada. theshoeproject


Short Stories. 2012 (NeWest Press)

Short Stories. 2012
(NeWest Press)

Novella. 2009 (Recliner Books)

Novella. 2009
(Recliner Books)

YA Novel. 2010 (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

YA Novel. 2010
(Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Novel. 2001 (NeWest Press)

Novel. 2001
(NeWest Press)


Co-edited by Barb Howard and Joan Dixon, this anthology of essays by 14 Canadian writers explores life on Canada’s military home front. It was the winner of a 2013 CBC Bookie Award and was chosen as a 2013/14 BC Book for BC Schools.

Anthology. 2012  (Heritage House)

Anthology. 2012

(Heritage House)