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Laurie Sarkadi is an award-winning writer, producer and editor of EDGE YK magazine. She moved to Yellowknife as the Edmonton Journal’s northern bureau chief then spent sixteen years telling northerners’ stories through CBC radio and television. Her non-fiction appears in Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, and the anthologies: Dropped Threads 3 and Kitchen Talk. She lives off-grid in the Northwest Territories with her husband and has three sons.


After plans to live in Africa shatter, young journalist Laurie Sarkadi moves to the Subarctic city of Yellowknife seeking wilderness and adventure. She covers the changing socio-political worlds of Dene and Inuit in the late ‘80s—catching glimpses of their ancient, animal-dependent ways—before settling into her own off-grid existence in the boreal forest. There, she experiences motherhood and its remarkable synchronicities with the lives of bears, caribou and other creatures. As a mother, and as a journalist, Sarkadi speaks up for abused women and children, creating controversies that entangle her in legal battles. When she looks to animals and the natural world for solace, she encounters magic. This evocative and exquisitely written memoir explores a more than two-decade long physical and spiritual journey into the wild spaces of northern Canada, around the globe and deep within. (Published by VERGE Communications, Yellowknife)

To get a taste of the book, a slightly modified version of Chapter 2 appeared as ‘The Bear Within’ from the anthology “Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle” and is available HERE.


“From the mountain gorillas of Rwanda to the bears of Canada’s North, Laurie Sarkadi has gathered lore and applied it to her own experiences. Readers will be surprised and fascinated by this unusual, truth-telling, often funny and beautifully rendered memoir.”
– SHARON BUTALA, author of Wild Rose and The Perfection of the Morning

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