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Celebrating International Women's Day with Two New Memoirs by Women

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:10pm

Harbour Publishing has always published great books from inspiring folks who live a distinctively British Columbian lifestyle—often in the rural parts of the province. For International Women's Day, we want to highlight the two wilderness memoirs that have been released this season, both by women: Pat Ardley's Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon: Life at a River's Inlet Fishing Lodge and Donna Kane's Summer of the Horse. These books explore what it means to nurture the wildness that can be found in the world and within oneself, while offering tributes to seeking adventure and stepping out of one's comfort zone.

In Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon, Pat Ardley describes her journey of starting out as a junior lighthouse keeper and falling in love with the West Coast lifestyle and her partner, George, with whom she built a world-renowned fishing lodge in remote Rivers Inlet. In her memoir, Ardley, who is never one to back down from an adventure, shares stories of thrilling encounters with hungry grizzlies and cougars, harrowing boat trips in never-ending storms, and touching anecdotes about raising a family in BC’s coastal wilderness.

Set in the Muskwa-Kechika area, Summer of the Horse explores the ecology of Northern BC while offering a unique commentary on one of the few remaining intact ecosystems on the planet—one of the largest, most diverse wilderness areas in Northern America. At the same time, it is a tale of one woman's self-discovery that occurs through grappling with society’s expectations of domesticity and choosing to embrace all things wild.