Bestselling author Chris Czajkowski is touring with her latest book, And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller’s Journey, which has been on the BC Bestseller list since its release a month ago.
Many readers may be familiar with Czajkowski’s story, having followed her since the publication of her first book, Cabin at Singing River, in 1991.
Since then, she has chronicled her experiences of wilderness living. Readers have watched her grow older in the wild Chilcotin landscape.
Her latest book reaches beyond the tales of wilderness living, exploring both the experiences that led her to a solitary lifestyle and her transition to a life closer to the grid, including stories of her studies in dairy farming and travels to Uganda to teach at a farm school.
In 2012, after many happy years of living alone in the bush, Czajkowski sold her home at Nuk Tessli, closing a significant chapter of her life.
Unlike her previous books, And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller’s Journey, finally shares with readers her life before solitude — what led her to this unconventional lifestyle, and the new challenges in wilderness living that aging presents.
She will visit the Williams Lake library on October 29th, at 6:30 p.m. to present a free reading and slideshow.
Czajkowski is an accomplished writer and spokesperson for wilderness living and has authored ten books.
She was born and raised at the edge of a large village in England, until she abandoned the company of others to roam the countryside in search of the natural world.
Arriving in Canada in 1979, Chris travelled to the West Chilcotin and built a cabin deep in the woods.
A few years later she built her second cabin beside an untouched and remote high-altitude lake.
She called her new home Nuk Tessli and lived there for twenty-three years, turning her paradise into a thriving wilderness resort and guiding business.
In 1980 she began writing about her adventures.