It’s been quite a month of travelling. Visiting communities on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, as well as Squamish, North Vancouver, and Vancouver, reading from Whale in the Door, and telling stories about the spectacular fjord known as Howe Sound (Squamish name Atl’kitsem).
I met so many wonderful people, renewed old friendships and made new ones. Here are a few photos.
Chris Corrigan was the host of the Bowen Island launch at the Gallery at Artisan Square. He is a compelling speaker, a good friend, and rendered me almost speechless with his moving, intimate introduction. Chris loves Atl’kitsem/Howe Sound as much as I do and writes a blog:http://www.chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/
Here I am reading from Whale in the Door in front of a spectacular gallery exhibit at the Bowen Island Arts Council Art Gallery.
In Victoria at Bolen Books, Mark Leiren-Young hosted the event. Mark is the author of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, a beautifully written book. Visit his website: http://leiren-young.com/I loved the book and learned so much about these intelligent, singing and threatened Orcas. I am holding whale cookies made by my friend, Brenda Morrison and her daughter, Anna. They were delicious and a hit with the audience.
My friend, Corbin Keep, The Wild Cellist: http://wildcellist.ca/ showed up at the Gabriola Island reading and we performed my song, The Salish Sea. Corbin and I have worked on several CDs together and we ended with an improvisation celebrating Orcas, with Corbin imitating the haunting songs of the whales.