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Unpacking the Idea of Home

By Whistler Writers Festival (other events)

Friday, May 17 2019 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
 
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Travel, Place, Identity: Unpacking the Idea of Home

May 17 | 7pm | Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre | Tickets $22

How is our sense of self influenced by where we live, or where we travel? What will we find when we examine our sense of place under the microscope? Are we who we think we are? What does home mean, and do we change if it changes? Join moderator Leslie Anthony and authors Pat Ardley (Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge), Becky Livingston (The Suitcase and the Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes), Geoff Powter (Inner Ranges: An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts and Mountain People) and Frank Wolf (Lines on a Map: Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration) for intimate readings and a conversation on how travel, place and identity are entwined with what we call home.

Pat Ardley was born in the Canadian prairies; a yellow Toyota, the voice of Cat Stevens and a best friend brought her to BC.  After a life of adventure on the west coast with the love of her life, building the world class Rivers Lodge in Rivers Inlet, she is now settled in West Vancouver where she tends to a beautiful garden, sings in a bluegrass choir and enjoys many cups of tea and glasses of champagne with friends. Pat can be seen walking the seashore with her beloved dog Lindsay by her side and taking in many a music concert. Her memoir Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge is a touching tribute to coastal life. 

Becky Livingston grew up in England. After graduate work in the US, she moved to Vancouver, BC, and worked as an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. In 2015, she completed the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. Her work appears in the anthology Always With Me. She currently lives in Nelson, BC. The Suitcase and the Jar is her first book.

Geoff Powter is a long time climber and adventurer with 13 Himalayan expeditions and dozens of Canadian first ascents on his resume. He is the winner of 14 National Magazine Awards including both the Gold and Silver awards in the same year in the Sports Journalism category. Powter was the Founding Editor of Polar Circus, and Editor of The Canadian Alpine Journal for 13 years. He is the author of two previous books — Canadian Summits and Strange and Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness. 

Frank Wolf is an adventurer, filmmaker, writer and environmentalist. In addition to his film work, he is known for magazine feature articles and online columns that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His expeditions include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season and cycling 2000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. His films include Wild Ones, The Hand of Franklin, Kitturiaq, On the Line, Mammalian and Borealis, all of which are broadcast regularly on CBC’s documentary channel in Canada. His new book is Lines on a Map: Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration.

Note: Originally scheduled author Amy Fung is unable to attend.