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Leaning on the Wind

Under the Spell of the Great Chinook

by (author) Sid Marty

Publisher
Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2009
Category
General, Mountains, Folklore & Mythology
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894974622
    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price
    $22.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781926936710
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $9.99

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A finalist for the 1995 Governor General's Literary Award for English-language non-fiction

 

Winner of the Mountain Environment and Culture Award at the 1995 Banff Mountain Book Festival

 

Leaning on the Wind is a love song of the west, sung to the tune of the wild chinook wind. Sid Marty skilfully weaves together the prehistory of Alberta with the experiences of First Nations, miners, early homesteaders and his own family. At the centre of his tale is the Marty homestead, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Sid looks back through generations of his family and celebrates the feats of wild creatures and wild westerners.

 

The past comes alive in these pages, but so does the present, where you will meet cowboy poets, bull riders, sailplane pilots, desperate chicken farmers, curmudgeonly broncos, a homicidal cow elk, some dubious politicians and several fierce defenders of the earth. Humour and sardonic wit abound, along with abundant affection for the western earth and the people who depend on its bounties and experience its extremes of wind, frost and drought.

 

A western classic, Leaning on the Wind is as evocative today as when it was first published in 1995.

About the author

Sid Marty is a former park warden who has been a full-time freelance writer and singer-songwriter for 30 years. He has been a frequent contributor to Canadian Geographic and has also written for radio and television. His books about life in the mountains and the Canadian prairies have been consistent bestsellers. His 2007 book, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, earned Sid his second nomination for a Governor General's Award. He lives near Pincher Creek, Alberta, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

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Editorial Reviews

“Surely one of the best books about Alberta ever written.” —Kevin Connolly, Equinox magazine

Marty’s thorough research and eloquent storytelling, coupled with his personal connections to this land and most certainly his strong opinions, make the history and culture of southern Alberta, especially the nuances of the pioneer and ranching set, come alive . . . Through it all, Marty reminds us [that] the land of the chinook is a remarkable place, as unique and powerful as the great deserts of the American Southwest, the jungles of the Amazon Basin or the plains of Africa. —Rocky Mountain Outlook

“These essays are so vital, so vibrant, so full of life, you just want to jump up and down for joy. —Edmonton Journal

“[F]ine writing and absorbing narrative” —Maggie Siggins, the Globe and Mail

Other titles by Sid Marty

Rider With Good Hands

by (author) Sid Marty

The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek

by (author) Sid Marty

Writing the Terrain

Travelling Through Alberta with the Poets

contributions by Ian Adam, Robert Stamp, Tammy Armstrong, Margaret Avison, Douglas Barbour, John O. Barton, Doug Beardsley, Bonnie Bishop, E.D. Blodgett, Robert Boates, George Bowering, Tim Bowling, Jan Boydol, Gordon Burles, Murdoch Burnett, Anne Campbell, Weyman Chan, Leonard Cohen, Dennis Cooley, Joan Crate, Michael Cullen, Cyril Dabydeen, Lorne Daniel, Alexa DeWiel, Jason Dewinetz, ryan fitzpatrick, Cecelia Frey, Gary Geddes, Gail Ghai, Deborah Godin, Jim Green, Leslie Greentree, Vivian Hansen, Tom Henihan, Michael Henry, Walter Hildebrandt, Gerald Hill, Robert Hilles, Nancy Holmes, Richard Hornsey, Tom Howe, Aislinn Hunter, Bruce Hunter, Laurence Hutchman, Sally Ito, Pauline Johnson, Aleksei Kazuk, Robert Kroetsch, Fiona Lam, William Latta, Tim Lilburn, Alice Major, Kim Maltman, Miriam Mandel, Sid Marty, David McFadden, Barry McKinnon, Erin Michie, Deborah Miller, Anna Mioduchowska, James M. Moir, Colin Morton, Erin Moure, Charles Noble, P.K. Page, Rajinderpal Pal, Ruth Roach Pierson, Joseph Pivato, Roberta Rees, D.C. Reid, Monty Reid, R. rickey, Ken Rivard, Stephen Scobie, Allan Serafino, Joan Shillington, Greg Simison, Carol Ann Sokoloff, Karen Solie, Stephan Stephansson, Peter Stevens, Ivan Sundal, Anne Swannell, Vanna Tessier, Colleen Thibadeau, John O. Thompson, James M. Thurgood, Eva Tihanyi, Yvonne Trainer, Aritha van Herk, Rosalee van Stelten, Miriam Waddington, James Wreford Watson, Wilfred Watson, Tom Wayman, Phyllis Webb, Jon Whyte, Christine Wiesenthal, Sheri-D Wilson, Christopher Wiseman, Stacie Wolfer, Rita Wong, Richard Woollatt & Jan Zwicky

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