A Very Capable Life

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A Very Capable Life:
The Autobiography of Zarah Petri
A Very Capable Life book cover.jpg
First edition cover of Canadian release
Author John Leigh Walters
Country Canada
Subject Immigration
Genre Non-fiction, memoir[1]
Publisher Athabasca University Press
Publication date
January 1, 2010
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 197 pp.
ISBN ISBN 9781897425411

A Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri is a non-fiction memoir of his mother by the Canadian television host Johnnie Walters, written under his real name John Leigh Walters and published in January 2010 by Athabasca University Press. It re-tells the stories his mother described to him regarding her immigration to Canada in the 1920s. Walters gives his first person account using humor, and intrigue, to share his mother's expressed regards about her depression era experiences.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

A Very Capable Life won the 2010 "Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction".[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodreads, A Very Capable Life, Book review, Retrieved 11/23/2012
  2. ^ a b CBC News, October 13, 2010, Immigrant tale wins $10K creative non-fiction prize, Arts & Entertainment, Retrieved 11/23/2012
  3. ^ Faculty of Arts, October 12, 2010, Edna Staebler Award, Wilfrid Laurier University, Headlines (News Releases), Retrieved 11/23/2012

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