Tuesday, December 7, 2010

An Author Is A Person In Your Neighbourhood ...

... and one of our neighbours, Allan Casey, has been awarded the 2010 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction! We're so happy for him!

His book might be a gladly received gift under the tree for that relative or friend who appreciates one or more if not all of Canada's many lakes. I'm sure the book is readily available at your nearest book store.

Here's a bit about the book, Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada, by Allan Casey.

More than just a place, Lakeland is a state of mind in this ode to Canada’s abundant freshwater systems. The story begins at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, site of writer Allan Casey’s family cabin, built by his parents in 1960 for $2,500. From there, we embark on a journey through ten of Canada’s seldom-celebrated but beautiful and increasingly fragile lakes in this extraordinary piece of writing celebrating one of Canada’s iconic natural features.

More than 60 percent of the world’s five million lakes are crammed into this one northern country. Endless pure lakes are the defining and unifying symbol of the Canadian landscape, making us the envy of a thirsty world. Casey, an award-winning journalist, takes us on a journey of these lakes, from log cabins to lakeside mansions, from the semi-desert of Okanagan Lake to the ponds of western Newfoundland, and over the language barrier to Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec. Across the sprawling, hard-to-define land called Canada, the language of lakes is spoken.

Lakeland, suggests Casey, is a place, a state of mind, and perhaps even a new synonym for Canada. Despite problems of overdevelopment, these lakes remain the heartland of this country, and the place where our relationship with wilderness itself begins.

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  1. . . . and a book publicist is a person in your neighbourhood! It is nice of you to put Lakeland on your blog, Heather, and it is a great blog. I am so glad to find out about it. You are a prolific writer. The GG thing has been wonderful, mostly because of the people I've met, and the new work I've found out about. I look forward to reading more here. your neighbour, Allan

  2. Hi Allan,

    Thanks for your kind words. I'm looking forward to reading your book. It's amazing, but I haven't been in a book store in months! Very unlike me! I hope to get there this week for some Christmas shopping and to scope out your book. I hope it's in stock!


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