Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist


Grant Lawrence
Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound

Harbour Publishing

Lawrence Grant


Jury Citation

Grant Lawrence captures you and drags you into his bittersweet and often hilarious memories in Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound. Grant depicts British Columbia’s Desolation Sound complete with dreams found and lost, along with a small archipelago of characters who are easy to recognize and just as easy to love. Disarmingly honest and often exposed, it is a page-turner that hits the right notes of a son finding his own feet in the world, and at the same time, finding a glass to reflect on his father’s hopes and plans — and ultimately, his humanity. A fine, clear window into how people fit together, why they clash, and how they can find each other again, written in an understated, authorial voice that readers will find echoing in their heads mere pages into the book.

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About the Book

Adventures in Solitude is a memoir of time spent in a family cabin in Desolation Sound, a marine provincial park located on the rugged coastline of British Columbia. During his childhood the author wanted to be anywhere else. However, upon rediscovering it as an adult he fell in love with the place and its adventure, mystery, and the outlandish characters – including a gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, and outlaw bikers. A candid and hilarious account of a unique, end-of-the-road Canadian location.

About the Author

Grant Lawrence was the lead singer of the Vancouver band The Smugglers and hosts daily and weekly shows on CBC Radio 3. Adventures in Solitude is his first book. It won the BC Book Prize for the 2010 Book of the Year and was also a finalist for the 2011 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Lawrence lives in Vancouver.

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