Erika Tafel


Erika Tafel lives in the Southern Okanagan of British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. They live off-grid using solar power and are in the process of building an underground home, which is the subject of her next book. She publishes a magazine, The Wayward Dog, and is a community activist with a strong belief in social justice issues.

Smashwords Interview

Why did you write the book?
I wrote Slave To The Farm because in 2009 when The Shawbridge Boys Farm turned a hundred years old I started thinking about the thousands of children that had been placed there over the years. I started searching for books about and by the clients that had been there. I found none. I felt that the lack of case study was a tragedy and wrote my story, hoping to encourage more like it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Montreal Quebec, and I think growing up in Canada's only truly French province as an English speaking Quebecois gave me some unique experiences. Being a white middle-class girl, I represented a minority in this strange way. Being incarcerated in an English female juvenile institution in Quebec lowered my provincial peer group even farther. This irony is reflected in my book, but despite such a limited community I think my story will resonate with people all over the world.
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Slave To The Farm
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 58,560. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
This is a true tale of a teenage girl who, in 1983, refused to go to school and became a ward of Quebec’s juvenile system, eventually making her way to The Farm. It questions the use of incarceration as a means of dealing with youth protection cases, and it offers a rare glimpse inside one of Quebec’s oldest juvenile detention centres.

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