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Wild Fierce Life
Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast
By (author): Joanna Streetly
9781987915655 Paperback, Trade English BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Mar 24, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8 x 0.6 in 224 pages Caitlin Press
Unflinching and heart-stopping stories that evoke a respect for nature both in its fragility and its power. WILD FIERCE LIFE is a heart-stopping collection of true stories from the Pacific Coast that build a vivid portrait of life on the continental edge and one woman's evolving place within it. Author Joanna Streetly arrived on the west coast of Vancouver Island when she was nineteen, and soon adapted to the challenges of working on boats of all sorts, guiding multi-day wilderness kayak trips along the BC coast, and living in remote situations often without electricity or running water. From a near-death experience while swimming at night to an enigmatic encounter with a cougar, these stories capture the joys and dangers of living in a wild environment. Streetly's vivid storytelling evokes a sincere respect for nature, both its fragility and its power. Full of unflinching self-examination and a fidelity to the landscape of Vancouver Island's outer coast, these stories reveal the interplay between inner and outer landscapes - the evolution of a woman uncovering the pleasures and dangers of the wild life.

Joanna Streetly grew up in Trinidad and moved to Vancouver to study Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. In 1990 she moved to Tofino, where she has lived ever since. While transitioning to writing and editing, she worked as a naturalist guide and sea kayak instructor. Most recently, her writing can be found in BEST CANADIAN ESSAYS 2017, and in numerous anthologies, magazines and literary journals. She is the author of PADDLING THROUGH TIME (Raincoast Books) and SILENT INLET (Oolichan). Her published work includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She lives afloat in the Tofino harbour with her partner, Marcel, and daughter, Toby.

"Joanna is a one-of-a-kind writer and human whose stories in this collection take us deep into her amazing and inspiring life in the wilderness. Her lyrical style is at once deeply moving and transformative because she is able to peel back the layers of her experience with such candor, insight, self-reflection and honesty. It's a powerful combination, one rife with poetry, that leaves her readers in awe and makes her one of my favourite Canadian writers." -Cori Howard, corihoward.com "This gorgeously-written collection of essays examines pivotal moments and fearsome life or death choices, in one remarkable life. Make that nine lives, at least, given the perilous escapes Joanna Streetly has made en route to wisdom earned during the first half of her adventurous life. WILD FIERCE LIFE could well be subtitled Swimming With Bears or Paddling Among Icebergs or Close Encounters With Wolves. A perfect, resonant haiku sets the subtext for each essay which then transports us onto the islands and into the waters of the wild north Pacific along with her. Brilliant nature writing, the best kind of travel writing, and so much more... I cannot recommend it highly enough." -Caroline Woodward, author of LIGHT YEARS: MEMOIR OF A MODERN LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER "WILD FIERCE LIFE is a portal into something sadly now rare: a human life lived in intimate relationship with the ocean and the wilderness. Joanna Streetly's prose, by turns fluent and taut, is always captivating. Reading these essays, I too lived on the edge of the world. I tasted salt and felt the rain on my skin, and shared in the making of a life or death choice. When I reached the last page, I wanted to begin again." -Kathy Page, author of PARADISE & ELSEWHERE and ALPHABET

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