“Everybody has experiences of things that aren’t supposed to be able to happen, and suspicions of truths to be found in folklore and mythology, as well as in the many stories from around the globe about animals. Laurie Sarkadi dares to tackle such events, stories and intuitions, speaking of them from her own considerable experience as a wife, mother and journalist living for twenty years  ‘off-the-grid’ in the Northwest Territories, as well as from her early life as a young world traveler. 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 Where I Live Now and The Perfection of the Morning

“This is a fascinating juxtaposition of scientific precision, professional challenges and intimate personal memoir. Underlying it all, and somehow blanketing it, is the story of a kindred relationship with the natural world, with its infinite power to fascinate a child, define a place, shape a life and teach anyone who is able to watch and listen closely. The dedication of such beautiful stories to residential school survivors is a rich irony. Some 150,000 of them spent their childhoods deprived of the very things that make up the heart of this book: their mothers, their families, their belief that anyone cared about them, and a connection to their lands.”
Marie Wilson Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2009-2015

“It’s like Eat, Pray, Love but for wild people. Voice in the Wild ends up being about family, social justice, child protection, the environment, music, love… and all with a deep, evolving, spiritual, authentic connection to the land and animals.”
Loren McGinnis, CBC North Radio host of The Trailbreaker

“…there is much to contemplate in Sarkadi’s beautifully rendered chronicle of career, motherhood and marriage.”
Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal

Canada 150+ booklist curated by Toronto Foundation

The Toronto Foundation has named “Voice in the Wild” to its list of 10 non-fiction books that reflect on what it means to be Canadian and how we can make this country a better place.


Go to School, You’re a Little Black Boy, The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander

The Hanging of Angélique, Afua Cooper

Waiting for First Light, Roméo Dallaire

Bastards & Boneheads, Will Ferguson

The Reason You Walk, Wab Kinew

The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King

Women Who Give Away Millions, Iris Nowell

Dancing with a Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality, Rupert Ross

Voice in the Wild, Laurie Sarkadi

The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming
Power and Influence
, John Ralston Saul

Praise for “The Bear Within” from the anthology Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle:

“While few would be surprised to learn that Margaret Atwood’s entry ‘Polonia’—which like all stories here, focuses on issues of wisdom—is a delight, readers will be taken aback by the unexpected elegance of Laurie Sarkadi’s ‘The Bear Within,’ which traces the connection between motherhood and nature…

“Writer Laurie Sarkadi, mothering in the isolation of the Far North in the company of black bears, slips easily between telling her own story and that of the bears that shadow her days. There is a sense of holy in this piece, of the mysterious and deep connection between the human world and the natural world.”
Edmonton Journal

“The high points included… the startlingly spare but elegant prose of Laurie Sarkadi’s ‘The Bear Within’.”
Toronto Star