Klee Wyck Journal: The Making of a Wilderness Retreat

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Epicenter Press
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7.5 X 0.7 X 9.2 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Lou A. McKee was born in 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her childhood summers were spent on Texada Island, where she learned at an early age to swim and row a boat. She has worked as a watercolor painter, illustrator, greeting card artist, fabric and dinnerware designer, and most recently as an oil pastel painter.


"Lou McKee has the intrepid soul of an adventurer and an eye for beauty, both natural and translated onto the page by her skillful artist hand. I found it captivating to enter the wild with this perceptive author and her unshakable optimism. One of the great merits of this book is that words and images marry to tell a truly engrossing story. Lovers of Emily Carr's paintings and writings will find a kindred spirit in Lou McKee."

--Luci Shaw, poet, author Sea Glass: New and Selected Poems

"Lou McKee's Klee Wyck Journal is a love poem to the joys of paddling. Readers will battle waves, set up camps, cook in the wilderness and breathe deeply the magical smells of the West Coast forests and sea. It's like 'tripping' without having to leave your couch."

--Roy MacGregor, author of Canoe Country: The Making of Canada, and Original Highways: Travelling the Rivers of Canada

"A delightful account of a woman's long term relationship with a dream setting on Canada's wild west Coast. Lou McKee, family and friends, kind of fell into the place, and during a lifetime of journeys have made this tiny corner of the wilderness their own. The jewel-like drawings illustrate the account beautifully."

--Chris Czajkowski author of And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller's Journey, and Diary of a Wilderness Dweller