By 1968, Edward Hoagland had successfully published three novels, including the award-winning Cat Man. Looking for material for his next book, he immersed himself in the British Columbia bush for seven weeks, recording his observations and interviews in a series of diaries that became the widely lauded travel book Notes from the Century Before. Early in the Season is an equally riveting account of his return journey. Early in the Season vividly evokes the vast stands of trees, the fast-flowing rivers, the rocky ridgelines of the province’s unspoiled central interior. Against this dramatic backdrop Hoagland profiles an extraordinary cast of characters from the region’s present and past: fearless, larger-than-life trader Skookum Davidson; self-proclaimed Chinese-Indian medicine man” Luke Fowler; indomitable Omineca River Queen” Agate Alexander; and many others. Poignant, probing, and historically rich, this book offers a window on the people and places that shaped British Columbia and a transporting read for anyone curious about life in one of the world's most majestic wildernesses.
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Edward Hoagland is one of the best contemporary American essayists, known for his nature and travel writing. His essays and short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper's and the New York Times Book Review. The author of twenty books and the general editor for the Penguin Nature Library, he won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for the novel Cat Man and was elected to the American Academy of Institute of Arts and Letters. He lives in Martha's Vineyard and Bartown, Vermont.
Stephen Hume is a columnist and senior writer at the Vancouver Sun. He has written extensively about British Columbia, winning a BC Book Award for Bush Telegraph and another for A Stain Upon the Sea. Hume lives near Victoria, British Columbia.
"The story of a place is written not only by those who live there, but also by outsiders savvy enough to let us to see ourselves with new eyes. British Columbia could not ask for a better witness than Edward Hoagland: blunt, spontaneous, dreamy, worldly, randy, adoring, unflinching. And here his voice is as clear as could be; Early in the Season is a true journal, hot from the mind and onto the page. It will send you out into the unloved country, the wilderness that still shapes us, if only to prove him right or wrong." (J.B. MacKinnon 2008-07-04)
"With a matter-of-fact style that doesn't neglect whimsy or humour but betrays not a whit of condescension, the journal is a fabulous time capsule packed with rough n' ready frontier characters." (Toronto Star 2008-11-30)
"Here are mountain men, trappers, truck drivers, yarn-spinners and grizzly attach survivors; a gallery of aromatic wilderness humanity, sketched with such deft, unsentimental directness as to be prose equivalents of black-and-white Polaroids...Early in the Season is an extraordinarily find little book, required reading for anyone who wonders what writing can do or whether it's possible to visit the same place twice." (Toronto Star 2008-12-06)
"Hoagland writes with a keen eye for flora and fauna, and an even keener ear for rustic hyperbole: one old sourdough recounts how pioneering winters were so cold 'the smoke from the chimney had frozen into a pillar towering in the air, and they'd chopped that down and sawed it up and built a house out of the blocks, a real "smokehouse".' Nobody tells stories like that anymore...We're lucky, then, that those myths live on in this book." (Georgia Straight 2008-12-11)
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Book Description Douglas & McIntyre, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111553654285
Book Description Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 201 pages. 8.00x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1553654285