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"Want is a terrific book — original, provocative and very well written!"  

                      Gail Bowen


After teaching at St. Peter's College in Muenster, SK, for 19 years, Barbara has now moved back to Edmonton, AB, and shares her townhouse and its tiny perfect kitchen with her husband and their much-beloved pets. Her first book, restless white fields (NeWest 2012), won the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book of the Year in Alberta and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Book Award. Her debut novel, Want  (Palimpsest Press 2018), was a finalist for the Regina Public Library's Book of the Year Award in 2019. Her second novel, The Winter-Blooming Tree, will be released in fall 2021 by Palimpsest Press.


  • Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

  • The Writers’ Union of Canada.


A dream kitchen. An idyllic life on the Canadian Prairies. The untangling of generations of secrets. In her debut novel Want, Barbara Langhorst reconsiders the family drama in the age of climate change and global conflict.

Funny and crisp, Want is the brilliantly relatable story of a woman who has to choose between the lifestyle she's always wanted and the one that just may mean her family's survival. Barbara Langhorst's Want will keep you laughing and guessing until the end.

A cast of characters we can all recognize - trying to hide a secret which almost destroys them. What we all 'Want' is peace of mind and acceptance. Langhorst weaves this pathway - both for the reader and the characters she creates.     -- CAROL ROSE DANIELS

In comical parody and solemn realism, Want constructs a cogent narrative of our time. It compellingly speaks of a home that is lost and ardently sought. Its nimble wit and strong realism unnervingly depicts a world dangling, personally and environmentally, on the edge of disaster.                                    -- DENNIS COOLEY

Want is an intimate meditation on our modern spiritual dilemma: what it means to both want and to be found wanting. Barbara Langhorst offers a witty account of interiors and interiority, an illumination of all the places we call home.                           -- MÉIRA COOK

This timely novel turns corners unexpectedly, like most renovations. An engaging and humorous family portrait of life on the Canadian Prairies where past collides with present and “want” leads to what really matters. Brimming with energy—from the everyday to the otherworldly—a story packed with feeling and light.

                                            -- CATHERINE GRAHAM


Oh, this is a rollicking ride of a novel as a woman buffeted by the terrors of the modern world tries alternately to buy or run her way out of the collapse to come.


Saskatoon Star Phoenix,  Oct. 18, 2018

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    Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar
    Nov. 08, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar, 1073 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9, Canada
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    John M. Cuelenaere Public Library
    Oct. 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
    John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, 125 12 St E, Prince Albert, SK S6V 1B7, Canada
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