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Adventures in Solitude
What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound
- Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
- Initial publish date
- Oct 2010
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Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- Oct 2010
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- Publish Date
- Apr 2012
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- Age: 16
- Grade: 11
From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel "Curve of Time" Blanchet to Jim "Spilsbury's Coast" Spilsbury, visitors to Desolation Sound have left behind a trail of books endowing the area with a romantic aura that helps to make it British Columbia's most popular marine park. In this hilarious and captivating book, CBC personality Grant Lawrence adds a whole new chapter to the saga of this storied piece of BC coastline.
Young Grant's father bought a piece of land next to the park in the 1970s, just in time to encounter the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters. In those years Desolation Sound was a place where going to the neighbours' potluck meant being met with hugs from portly naked hippies and where Russell the Hermit's school of life (boating, fishing, and rock 'n' roll) was Grant's personal Enlightenment—an influence that would take him away from the coast to a life of music and journalism and eventually back again.
With rock band buddies and a few cases of beer in tow, an older, cooler Grant returns to regale us with tales of "going bush," the tempting dilemma of finding an unguarded grow-op, and his awkward struggle to convince a couple of visiting kayakers that he's a legit CBC radio host while sporting a wild beard and body wounds and gesticulating with a machete. With plenty of laugh-out-loud humour and inspired reverence, Adventures in Solitude delights us with the unique history of a place and the growth of a young man amidst the magic of Desolation Sound.
About the author
Grant Lawrence is an award-winning author, CBC personality, singer, columnist and live event host. He is the author of three best-selling books for adults: Adventures in Solitude (2010), The Lonely End of the Rink (2013), and Dirty Windshields (2017). Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose, his first children's picture book, was released in 2021. Grant Lawrence is the first author in the history of the BC Book Prizes to win the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice twice. Grant is also the host of the CBC Music Top 20, the lead singer of The Smugglers, a Canadian Screen Award winner, and a columnist for the North Shore News and Powell River Peak. He is also a goalie for the Vancouver Flying Vees beer league hockey team. Grant Lawrence is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver with their two children, Josh and Grace. Return to Solitude is Grant's long-awaited sequel to Adventures in Solitude.
- Short-listed, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
- Short-listed, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize--BC Book Prize
- Short-listed, Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
- Winner, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award–BC Book Prize
Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories From Desolation SoundThis is an hilarious, occasionally sobering collection of short essays from Lawrence’s youth spent most holidays at his family cabin in Desolation Sound. Lawrence reveals the stories behind peculiar characters and local legends such as Mack the Knife and Russell the Hermit. He also explores the unique culture of and insiders’ tips to living in the Sound. Includes a recommended reading and listening list.
Vancouver-based writer Lawrence is a prolific podcaster, music journalist and CBC Radio host.
Caution: References to alcohol and drug use, and a neighbour’s nudity may offend some readers.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.
Other titles by Grant Lawrence
Return to Solitude
More Desolation Sound Adventures with the Cougar Lady, Russell the Hermit, the Spaghetti Bandit and Others
Charlie la chauve-souris et l’orignal mal pris
Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose
The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries
The Lonely End of the Rink
Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie