In July, 2021, Robert Proudfoot published his fourth book “Amateurs on Safari”, a travel diary about his family’s epic car camping trip taken across East Africa, that was originally written in 1970 by his mother, Norma Proudfoot, who passed away in 2015.
On July 19, three of Robert’s earlier books were added to the Capital City Press Collection, to be housed for interested readers at the new Stanley E. Milner (Edmonton Public) Library. These books include: “Enduring Art, Active Faith” a collection of short stories, essays, poetry, and photographic depictions of artwork created by three generations of Robert’s family; “A Playful Policeman Meets the Citizen-Making Teacher” a biography of George and Olive MacDonald, Robert’s grandparents’ life and times in Edmonton (1906 to 1919); and “Come By Here, My Lord – Seen in a Mirror Dimly” a novel that celebrates friendships made across ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers in southern Africa during the turbulent 1970s, when Zambia was asserting herself as a dynamic, African-led country while colonialism and apartheid were slowly fading away.
Robert Proudfoot is an Edmonton-based author, editor, and tutor, who is also a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Robert was born and raised in Edmonton, but his life was enriched by cross-cultural experiences in Africa when, during the early 1970s, he completed high school and studied at the University of Zambia; and later worked as an agro-forester with Mennonite Central Committee in Nigeria from 1988 to 1991. Robert, also a technical writer in his environmental sciences profession, previously researched and wrote the historical backgrounder for a DVD commemorating First Mennonite Church’s 50th Anniversary in 2009; and published 35 essays in various church, community, or professional magazines since 1980.