7 years, 12 months ago Posted in: News, Postcards 0

Well, Eating Dirt holds fast at #1 on the Vancouver Sun bestseller list, where it’s lived between #1 and #10 for the last four months. Big, giant, sloppy thanks to all the good people out there who’ve read it, passed it around, put it in their kids’ Christmas stockings, and left it at their friend’s houses. Without you I’m just a wastrel of perfectly good tree fibre. Without you, in fact, I’m nothing.

I can hardly remember everything that’s happened since Eating Dirt came out. Miles of driving, the hoisting of boxes filled with books, the plugging in of slide projectors, the consumption of much coffee, gum and energy bars, the wheeling of suitcases, the charging of devices in departure lounges, the typing of emails, the ironing of clothes, the fulfilling of the day job in the wee hours of morning. All of it has been wonderful, heady, and abundant.

One of the best parts has been traveling around and meeting people at readings and events. On the road I’m often given wonderful gifts that I surely don’t deserve. They come in the mail, too. Here are some:










The book on the left is from Harold Macy on Vancouver Island. Rooted Lives is a documentary about tree-planters. It was sent to me by Laura Wilimovsky, and you can watch the trailer here.











Next, another great book that came in the mail, from Washington poet and editor Finn Wilcox. Thanks Finn! The book on the right is mine, lovingly gnawed by Olive the dog. Good work, Olive!

8 years, 2 months ago Posted in: News, Postcards 0

This photo was sent by Cameron Ringland, who now lives in Bogota, Colombia. It was taken in 1989, when he was planting, he thinks, somewhere near Blue River. I don’t know how many photos I have like this–half the time I don’t even know where I was standing.


Cameron says:

The two guys on the far left were from Toronto and they eventually became gear testering/super guides for Tilley Endurables and MEC. The next one in is me, just loving life in the bush, then some guy I never saw again after that season. Next to him is a guy from Ottawa who eventually started a skater/surf/snowboard shop, one of the first in the area, and he did really well. He introduced me to the Dead and Led Zeppelin, so him I will never forget. Finally, the guy on the far right was named Mark, from Southern Ontario. The three of us, including my sister, hitched to Calgary between plants and hung out with his brother for a few weeks until we headed back for the summer plant. Your chapter on the “in the middle of nowhere-heli-Northern BC-hellish bug-summer plant-fun,” brought me back to that super great summer plant experience . . . thanks. Good times, good times.

Looks like super-cream to me. Thanks, Cameron!


8 years, 4 months ago Posted in: News, Postcards 0

These wonderful images were sent in by Matt Ross, who planted trees for five years. He’s now a photographer and creative director based in Toronto.  He writes about these photos: “The burn is self-explanatory. The second is a planter named ‘Burns’ (and to be honest, I have forgotten his real name) who wore skidoo boots planting in a marshy area. His feet dried up as you can see them in the pic and then cracked.”

We love your photos, planter people! Keep them coming.