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This collection of over thirty essays by both well-known and emerging writers explores what it means to "be at home" on Canada’s West Coast. The essays examine ways of investing landscape with meaning so as to find landscapes of meaning.
The writers describe yearning for a particular place and way of being; arriving at a personal habitat and community; lingering in nature’s spaces of contemplation; immersing oneself in the natural world; and encountering one’s surroundings in diverse, inspiring, and sometimes humorous ways.
Some of the familiar voices include the following:
- Brian Brett, who reflects soberly on possible futures for Clayoquot, thinking back to the wild times he spent there in the sixties.
- Grandmother-activist Betty Krawczyk, who describes living in a remote A-frame under mountains that have been clearcut, and how this leads her to join the blockades.
- Alexandra Morton, who "took one sniff" of the Broughton Archipelago, recognized the importance of the salmon, and knew her habitat. She explores her fierce love of and inability to abandon that place.
- Susan Musgrave, who writes with affection and humour about the "excluded" Haida Gwaii.
- Briony Penn who compares sex in the city to love in the temperate rainforest.
- Andrew Struthers, who whimsically recounts the geography of a life.
All of these writers contribute to the creation of a community of inquiry engaged in searching for home, finding purpose and a sense of belonging in creative and aesthetically revealing ways that are uniquely West Coast.
About the Author
Christine Lowther is the author of New Power and A Cabin in Clayoquot. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio’s North by Northwest and published in newspapers and periodicals. She lives in Clayoquot Sound.
Anita Sinner teaches art in the Teacher Education program at UBC. She explores women’s experiences, identity transformations, understandings of place, and the social construction of the self. She is an exhibiting photographic artist living in Victoria.
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- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ronsdale Press (April 15, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1553800559
- ISBN-13: 978-1553800552
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