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Donna Kane on Tour with New Memoir

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:00am

Celebrated poet Donna Kane has branched into a new genre and has released a literary memoir. This May, she is touring BC and will be giving readings at the following locations: 

• Fort Nelson: The Phoenix Theatre (5319 50 Ave S) on Saturday, May 5 at 7pm

Victoria: Bolen Books (1644 Hillside Ave.) on Monday, May 7 at 7pm. 

Salt Spring Island: Salt Spring Island Public Library on Tuesday, May 8 at 7pm

• Vancouver: The Book Warehouse (4118 Main St.) on Wednesday, May 9 with Pat Ardley. Doors at 6:30pm, readings at 7pm

Set in the Muskwa-Kechika area, Summer of the Horse (Lost Moose, $19.95) examines, in intricate prose, the ecology of the Northern Rockies and offers a unique commentary on one of the few remaining intact ecosystems on the planet—one of the largest, most diverse wilderness areas in North America. At the same time, it is a tale of one woman’s self-discovery that occurs through choosing to embrace all things wild while also grappling with the flipside of that—the concept of domesticity, explored in the context of the relationship between horses and humans.

The book follows in the tradition of Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild in the way that it pays close attention to the world and explores personal transformation through wandering.

In Summer of the Horse, Donna Kane employs the same artistry and precision of language that are present in her poems (her previous published works include two poetry collections and a chapbook). It is not surprising that a chapter from Summer of the Horse made the shortlist for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.

Donna Kane was the founder of Writing on the Ridge, the co-organizer of the first writer-in-residence program at Northern Lights College (with Jeanette Lynes) and the creator the Moberly Lake Writing Retreats (with mentors such as Patrick Lane and Jan Zwicky). She co-founded both the Festival of the Sweetwater Moon, as well as the Muskwa-Kechika Artist Camps, which have attracted both visual artists and writers such as John Vaillant, Tim Lilburn, Don McKay, Sue Sinclair and Elizabeth Bachinsky. She lives in Rolla, BC.