Two authors visited the Fernie Heritage Library this week to talk about their latest books.
On Tuesday, BC author and OBOK winner Rosa Jordan read from Far From Botany Bay, telling the story of Mary Broad, a resourceful leader of men in an era—the late 1700s—when a prisoner, never mind a woman, would find it almost impossible to be master of her own destiny. Yet Mary, confined to a prison colony a world away from her native Cornwall, had the ingenuity to mastermind one of history’s most daring sea escapes, and the fortitude to overcome the hardships that stood between her and an eventual return to England.
Then today, wildlife biologist, park warden and author, Karsten Heuer, gave a talk about Finding Farley: Necessary Journeys. Over the past 10 years park ranger Karsten Heuer and his wife, Leanne Allison, have walked, paddled, skied and sailed over 10,000 kilometers in an attempt to better understand North American wildlife. In 1998 and 1999 they walked from Yellowstone to the Yukon; in 2003 they skied and trekked for five months amidst a herd of 123,000 caribou; and in 2007 they canoed and sailed with their two-year-old son across the country to visit one of their ageing heroes, author Farley Mowat.