June 10, 2010

Adventures In Solitude

Whoa! I’m very excited to officially announce that my first book, Adventures In Solitude, will be published this fall! And while it is filled with music references (including the title), Adventures In Solitude is not a music book. It’s a book about the Canadian cottage experience from my perspective, both as a nerd kid and an adult, set on the wild west coast beyond the end of the road in Desolation Sound, BC. Desolation Sound is the central, bi-polar character of the book. The supporting characters are myself, my family, friends, and all the salty Beachcombers-come-to-life inhabitants of this lonely stretch of coastline where no roads lead in or out.

I am very much looking forward to introducing you to Desolation Sound fixtures like Mack the Knife, Roger the Dodger, Reverend Jim, Harvest Moon, Handy Candy, the Cougar Lady, Bernard The German, Scarface Mike, Prawn Bob, Help Me Rhonda, and my old pal Russell Latowski, Hermit of Desolation Sound.

Adventures In Solitude is being released this fall on Harbour Publishing, a fantastic west coast adventure publishing company that has been in business for over thirty years, and it was Harbour that I had in mind first and foremost when I wrote the book so I’m honoured they’re putting it out. There’s been some initial online coverage here and here and here which I totally appreciate, and I can’t wait to share more of the book with you, hopefully in your town this fall!

To read more about the release of Adventures In Solitude, an excerpt, and what other people have said, here’s the press release. Cheers!

(8) Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    That’s awesome, Grant! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  2. tagish156 says:

    next time you’re in the Yukon I’ll take you to my cabin on Tagish Lake and we can compare notes.

  3. John "tb3" says:

    To say that I am excited about this book is the understatement of the year. Not only because it’s from you, but also because the whole notion of a place to get away like that seems to be 95% of my daydreams these days. If I can’t do it, I may as well live vicariously through someone who does. And has such a great gift for telling the story.

  4. John Guise says:

    Hi Grant

    Any plans to release an ebook edition? I’m in China so it’s difficult for me to get a paper copy.


  5. Grant Lawrence says:

    Hi John – Yes, we haven’t “officially” announced it, but Adventures in Solitude will be available as an ebook in January. Thanks for your letter for the Home for the Holidays Podcast! -GL

  6. Sandy Ossinger says:

    Very good book. I worked at theLund Hotel dining Room and coffee shop in 1983/84 at the time I was living in PR. Travelled up and down the sunshine windy road racing to catch either ferry depending on whether I was coming home or leaving. Was over to Savoury once and amazed at all the sand dollars ( live ones with all the black “feelers” on them) and picked oysters around Sliammon and south of PR. Was a great life the , but poor economy so now here I am in Ontario

  7. Grant Lawrence says:

    Hey Sandy – thanks for the note – what was the Lund Hotel like back in 83/84??

  8. Sandy says:

    The hotel as I remember it was old and a bit rustic like. The dining room was nice and had a great view and good food during the time I worked there. Was quite busy that summer.(83) The next year (84) I worked in the coffee shop which was slow and I remember people coming in and ordering a plate of French Fries and more beer than food. Seem to be a pass time!! The economy was on a wind down so my husband and I moved back east in the summer of 1984.

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