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North of Iskut Events
Posted: Friday, April 23, 2010
In 1971 Tor Forsberg was twenty-three and her life was at a crossroads. Having returned to Watson Lake in the Yukon after five years in Montreal, she found her art career at a standstill and the party life of a small town much too alluring. Then one day after a particularly wild night, she bumped into Lynch Callison, the father of an old boyfriend. Lynch invited her to his lodge at the LV ranch to “get her head straight.” The next morning she found herself bumping along Highway 37 in an old pickup, heading south to Iskut.
Tor soon fell in love with the bush and vowed to create a life in the wilds of Northern BC. She stayed in a cabin on the LV Ranch that summer, where she worked on paintings for an art show in Vancouver and practiced her wilderness skills, which she soon came to realize were limited. But Tor was determined to learn about life in the bush, and everyone she met was happy to guide her— and let her make some mistakes along the way.
Tor Forsberg is a writer based in Watson Lake, Yukon. She is a columnist for the Yukon News and has also published in Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine. Her prize-winning short stories have appeared in subTerrain and in two recent anthologies, Bannockology and Under the Canopy. An accomplished visual artist, she has also raised ostriches on Vancouver Island and worked in a funeral home. North of Iskut is her first book.