Sarah De Leeuw – Book Launch

Updated 2017/03/22

2017/04/18 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Smithers Public Library
3817 Alfred Ave. Smithers
Wendy Wright

Sarah De Leeuw – Book Launch

Sarah de Leeuw photo 2017

Sarah De Leeuw returns to the library to launch her latest work of creative non-fiction, Where It Hurts.

If you caught her visit last year, we think you will be as pleased as we are to welcome Sarah back.

Tuesday, April 18th

7 p.m

Smithers Public Library

Refreshments available

Interior Stationary will have copies of Where It Hurts for sale at the reading.

Sarah de Leeuw is a human geographer, award-winning poet and creative non-fiction writer. De Leeuw grew up on Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, then lived in Terrace, BC. She has worked as a tugboat driver, women’s centre coordinator, logging camp cook, and as a journalist and correspondent for Connections Magazine and CBC Radio’s BC Almanac. She is currently an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna.


Where It Hurts cover

Where It Hurts is a highly-charged collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Sarah de Leeuw’s creative non-fiction captures strange inconsistencies and aberrations of human behaviour, urging us to be observant and aware. The essays are wide in scope and expose what—and who—goes missing.
With the insight of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Sarah de Leeuw reflects on missing geographies and people, including missing women, both those she has known and those whom she will never get to know. As in Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing, but hell-going made real, the writing is courageously focused, juxtaposing places and things that can be touched and known—emotionally, physically, psychologically—with what has become intangible, unnoticed, or actively ignored. Throughout these essays, de Leeuw’s imagistic memories are layered with meaning, providing a survival guide for the present, including a survival that comes with the profound responsibility to bear witness.


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