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Bay of Hope

Five Years in Newfoundland

by (author) David Ward

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Personal Memoirs, Literary, Cultural Heritage
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A “come from away” exploring love, loneliness, and adventure in remote Newfoundland

Part memoir, part nature writing, part love story, Bay of Hope is an occasionally comical, often adversarial, and always emotional story about the five years ecologist David Ward lived in an isolated Newfoundland community; of how he ended up there, worked, survived the elements, and coped with loneliness and a lack of intimacy. But this book is also a story about David’s 78 McCallum, Newfoundland, neighbors, the unforgiving mountain and wilderness culture they call home, and why their government wishes they were dead.

Creative nonfiction written in the tradition of Farley Mowat’s Bay of Spirits, Ward’s memoir is also evocative of Michael Crummey’s poignant novel Sweetland and Annie Dillard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A book about how great adventure tales do not always have to include dramatic, never-attempted, death-defying feats, Bay of Hope shows us that a person can travel a million miles over the treacherous terrain within their hearts, as long as they’re courageous enough to make such an arduous trek.


About the author


David Ward
est l'auteur des livres à succès Hockey sur le lac et Une belle nuit de hockey. Il a aussi écrit une collection
populaire sur le hockey. Il a vécu à Québec et à Vancouver et habite
maintenant à Portland en Oregon avec sa femme et ses enfants.


DAVID WARD is the author of the best-selling picture books The Hockey Tree and One Hockey Night. Raised in Quebec and Vancouver, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife & children. Visit him online at

David Ward's profile page

Editorial Reviews


“It's highly descriptive of life [in McCallum], the iconography of the place, and biographies of several of its inhabitants . . . [Ward is] marvellously curious about everything from freshly published books to unexplored highways.” — St. John’s Telegram

“It is obvious right from the opening paragraph that the author has deep feelings and respect for the people there as well as sincere empathy for them as they wrestle with the life-changing decision they have to make regarding ‘resettlement’. . . To say that I enjoyed reading the book is an understatement; I highly recommend it.” — The Northern Pen

“David Ward’s Bay of Hope is what many readers want in a book . . . a many-layered love story.” — The Telegram


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