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.Coming April 17th 2018. Pre-order now!
While he has had many different jobs, and lived in a large number of places, David Ward currently considers himself a writer/teacher who resides on the Trent-Severn Waterway in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. Author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Lost 10 Point Night, David is a former recipient of the Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Published: April 2018
Dimensions: 5 x 7 in.
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS WORKS
"The Lost 10 Point Night takes a look at the life of a player that took some odd twists over the years, and probably is more typical of athletes from that era than we might think. Those who have a personal connection to that time in hockey history will find this publication holds their interest nicely." — Sports Book Review Center
"Overall, this is a solid book that I would recommend. It's a very easy book to read, and each individual story is kept short. I figured it was a book I'd pick up and read from time to time, but I ended up flying through it in one afternoon." — Order of Books
"The Lost 10 Point Night is a mixture of Harrison's recollections, former teammates— and coaches— reflections on Harrison, and Ward's own memories of Harrison from the 1970s. Not only does it paint a picture of a man who, though not a superstar, was an honest and respectable player, but also of the author's connection to the subject as a fan . . . It is Ward's contributions that make us understand why a third-line center from the 1970s is worthy of a book." — Puck Junk