Iain Lawrence is the author of fifteen books for young readers. He has received many accolades, including the Governor General’s Award for Gemini Summer and the California Young Reader Medal.
My father was a traveler. While I was growing up he moved us back and forth across the country. By the time I left high school I had lived in eleven different houses and gone to nine different schools. It seemed hard at the time, but now I feel lucky to have grown up that way.
Like him, I kept moving. I worked at different jobs that didn’t last very long: logging in Ontario; fishing for salmon off the west coast; picking daffodils at Easter; inflating balloons and setting up skittles at a traveling carnival; clearing streams in the Rockies; fighting forest fires on Vancouver Island. Then I studied journalism in Vancouver and went to work at small-
I worked my way west to the Prince Rupert Daily News, where I meant to live for a year and a day. But I loved the north coast, and stayed for almost twenty years. I bought a sailboat and traveled up and down the coast from Alaska to Vancouver Island.
Fifteen years ago I moved once more, south five hundred miles to Gabriola Island, a little kidney-