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Marine Author Elsie Hulsizer Sails to Vancouver Island


April 18, 2011

Seattle marine writer Elsie Hulsizer, author of Glaciers Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska, is embarking on yet another sailing trip up to Alaska this May. On her way through the Strait of Georgia, Elsie's pulling in at Nanaimo and Comox harbours to give slideshow presentations about her treks to America's most Northern state.

Join Elsie Hulsizer for a slideshow and book signing featuring Glaciers, Bears and Totems at the following locations:

  • Nanaimo Harbourfront Library—90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo—on Tuesday, May 17 starting at 6:30pm. Books for sale by Nanaimo Maps & Charts.
  • Comox Library—101-1720 Beaufort Avenue, Comox—on Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Books for sale by Blue Heron Books

In Glaciers, Bears and Totems, Elsie writes of drifting past calving glaciers, watching bears feeding in green marshes, smelling the fresh cedar of newly carved totem poles and following the path of gold prospectors on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. Sometimes it was difficult to discern the real Alaska beneath the façade, but she finds it in many places, from the wild beauty of the ocean to the small coastal villages she visits and, sometimes, even where the tourists go. Glaciers, Bears and Totems is a rich book of adventure travel that is as valuable for its reading fun as for its travel information.

An Environmental professional with a degree in oceanography, Elsie Hulsizer lives in Seattle with her husband Steve. She has a certificate in fine art photography from the Photographic Center Northwest and has exhibited her art in various galleries including Seattle’s Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. In addition to their three trips to SE Alaska, the Hulsizers have sailed the West Coast of Vancouver Island 19 times since 1980 and to Haida Gwaii twice. Between sailing adventures on Osprey, she serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners which licenses the pilots who guide ships on Puget Sound, and on the Board of Trustees for Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.