A new memoir by bestselling author Caroll Simpson describes the joys and challenges of operating a fishing lodge deep in the British Columbian wilderness. Caroll Simpson, author of Alone in the Great Unknown: One Woman’s Remarkable Adventures in the Northwestern Wilderness (Harbour Publishing, $26.95) will be touring Vancouver this November and December, with stops in the following locations:
- Lake Cowichan: Presentation at the Lake Cowichan Branch Libraryof the Vancouver Island Regional Library (68 Renfrew Ave.) on November 18 from 1pm to 3pm
- Salt Spring Island: Presentation at the Salt Spring Island Public Library (129 McPhillips Ave.) on November 22 from 1pm to 3pm
- Duncan: Launch at Red Arrow (5255 Chaster Rd.) with books for sale by Volume One on November 23 from 2pm to 4pm
- Qualicum: Presentation at the Qualicum Beach Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (101 - 660 Primrose St.) with books for sale by Mulberry Bush on December 2 from 2pm to 4pm
- Sidney: Presentation at the Sidney Branch of the Vancouver Island Public Library (10091 Resthaven Drive) on December 3 from 2pm to 4pm
- Victoria: Signing at Russell Books (747 Fort St #100) December 4 from 1pm to 3pm
- Parksville: Signing at Sea to Summit (280 Island Hwy E #102) on December 10 from 1pm to 3pm
Alone in the Great Unknown is the story of an urban woman who fell in love with a cabin on pristine Babine Lake. Caroll’s heartfelt memoir recounts her life in the remote wilderness, managing a lodge, becoming an accidental environmental activist, fending off wild animals, working as an angling guide and finally, at the height of her career, fighting off a proposed mining operation and participating in the development of a government land plan as a spokesperson for the wilderness tourism industry.
Caroll Simpson is an author and illustrator who, after fifteen years of teaching art and culture to elementary students, moved off the grid to an isolated fishing lodge in northern British Columbia. On the shores of this wilderness, with water access only, Caroll operated a successful fishing business for over two decades. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, Helmut.