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Voice in the Wild: A Memoir


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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 Journals northern bureau chief, then spent sixteen years telling northerners stories through CBC radio and television. Her non-fiction has appeared 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.


Everybody has experiences of things that arent 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 Canadas 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
Its 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
there is much to contemplate in Sarkadis beautifully rendered chronicle of career, motherhood and marriage. Liane Faulder , Edmonton Journal
Voice in the Wild is a robust commentary on what it means to eke out an existence on the margins of civilization Up Here Magazine

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