Author goes off-grid and off-road

Greater Vernon Museum & Archive brings bestselling author and wilderness dweller Chris Czajkowski

  • Sep. 29, 2017 1:30 a.m.

Join bestselling author Chris Czajkowski — and her gregarious and lovable pack dog Harry — for a slide show based on her new book, Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, which provides a fascinating depiction of living in the wilderness — from a dog’s eye view.

Czajkowski’s presentation, which will be followed by a book signing, takes place Oct. 25 at the Greater Vernon Museum &Archives (3009-32nd Ave.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and pre-registration is recommended.

“Featuring many photos, illustrations and stories about their other canine companions, the slide presentation portrays their off-the-grid life and how Czajkowski established an ecotourism business, built cabins by hand and scratched out a living for herself and the pack,” said Denise Marsh, marketing and communications coordinator at the museum.

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, which is written entirely from Harry’s perspective, is an adventure story that combines Harry’s own observations about his years with Chris with reminiscences from his other canine companions (wise Badger, beautiful Ginger and his literary predecessor Lonesome).

“He describes how, living in the remote wilderness, the dogs have a rich life, although not one without its difficulties,” said Marsh. “Often living in areas accessible only by float plane, they have encountered grizzlies and cougars, slept in the snow, hiked with packs of food and equipment, and gotten into some perilous scrapes.

“Harry relates these stories with good humour and many quizzical observations about human behaviour.”

Czajkowski lives in a small community in B.C.’s interior and has written 11 books about her nearly 30 years of wilderness living, including Snowshoes and Spotted Dick: Letters from a Wilderness Dweller, Wildfire in the Wilderness, Ginty’s Ghost: A Wilderness Dweller’s Dream (all Harbour Publishing) and Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog (TouchWood Editions).

This event is made possible with the support of the Greater Vernon Museum &Archives and the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, or to pre-register for the slide show, please phone the museum at 250-542-3142.

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga is published by Harbour Publishing.

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