Writing the West Coast: In Love with Place

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Christine Lowther, Anita Sinner
Ronsdale Press, 2008 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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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. Here the rainforest and the wild, stormy cost dominate one's sense of identity, a humbling perspective shared in memoirs by individuals who come to see themselves as part of a larger ecological community.Alexandra Morton followed the orcas to the Broughton Archipelago and now fights to protect wild salmon from the impact of fish farms. Grandmother-activist Betty Krawczyk describes living in a remote A-frame under mountains that have been clearcut, and how this led her to join the blockades. Valerie Langer tells us of a tsunami warning, one that is both literal and metaphorical. Brian Brett reflects on possible futures for Clayoquot Sound, thinking back to the wild times he spent there in the sixties.The collection includes a number of brightly satiric commentators like Briony Penn, who compares sex in the city to love in the temperaterainforest, Andrew Struthers, who recalls squatting in a home-made pyramid in the bush, and Susan Musgrave, who writes with affection and humour about the "excluded" Haida Gwaii. Young First Nations writers Eli Enns and Nadine Crookes provide their perspective of deep rootedness in place. And there are many more contributors, all of whom are engaged in finding purpose along with a sense of belonging that is uniquely West Coast.

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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 anthologies and periodicals, including The Vancouver Sun, The Fiddlehead, The Beaver, Tofino Time and The Sound. She lives in Clayoquot Sound. Anita Sinner is completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia. She teaches in art education, and her research interests focus on arts-based educational research, life writing, and new media. She is a photographic artist living in Sooke, British Columbia.

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