How Deep Is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake

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Caitlin Press
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6.02 X 8.79 X 0.69 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

Committed to social causes, Shelley O'Callaghan worked as a volunteer teacher for two years with the Canadian University Services Overseas in Zambia where she fostered literacy among adults in the rural communities and encouraged girls to stay in school and finish their education. She is passionate about history, social justice and the environment. O'Callaghan practiced environmental law for twenty-five years and has been recognized as one of Canada's pre-eminent environmental lawyers. She has published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker at conferences on environmental law. O'Callaghan is a member of the North Shore Writers Association, the Whistler Writing Society and the Canadian Creative Non-Fiction Collective. She attended the 2014 Summer Workshop of the Sage Hill Writing Experience and a writer's workshop with Merilyn Simonds in 2016.

"Only someone with O'Callaghan's intimate attachment to 'the lake' could have written such an appealing history-cum-memoir of this out of the way corner of the province. A charming portrait of family life set against the historical changes that threaten the tranquility and isolation of so many unique wilderness retreats. Highly recommended." -- Daniel Francis, editorial director, Encyclopedia of British Columbia
"How Deep is the Lake is a welcome surprise for a memoir-weary reviewer, and this well written, closely observed memoir is both a family album, a love letter to a stunning natural environment, an account of First Nations history, and the testimony to the author's burgeoning awareness of the great Canadian land theft that made land on Chilliwack Lake available to her family." -- Tom Sandborn, The Vancouver Sun
"Part Walden Pond, part Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, part girls' own adventure, How Deep is the Lake tells of author Shelley O'Callaghan deep attachment to her family's land and cabins on the shores of BC's Chilliwack Lake. Warm, discursive, inquisitive, thoughtful, O'Callaghan explores the geography and history of a beautiful part of BC, not far from the US border, and long home to displaced aboriginal inhabitants. Like life, the stories O'Callaghan shares aren't neatly bounded, but branch off into other narratives and open the reader to fresh perspectives and intriguing mysteries." -- Anne Giardini, author of The Sad Truth About Happiness and Advice for Italian Boys
"In her memoir, How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake, Shelley O'Callaghan invites us into her family's private paradise. In lucid and graceful prose, she traces almost 100 years of her family's cabin on the lakeshore, seamlessly revealing the history of the area and the strength of her family traditions. O'Callaghan's evocation of what it's taken to create and maintain the cabin, as well as the joy it brings to her extended family, makes this a delightful read for anyone who dreams of one day finding their own piece of paradise." -- Judy McFarlane, author of Writing with Grace, A Journey Beyond Down Syndrome
"If you live in the Fraser Valley or have ever spent any time at Chilliwack Lake this is a must read. If you have ever had a family cottage you will be warmed by the incredible sense of stewardship and dedication generations of this family have given ... I would highly recommend this book." -- Fraser Valley News
"... one of the most charming titles I've picked up since starting this weekly review column at the beginning of the year." -- Bob Kronbauer, Vancouver is Awesome