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Grant Lawrence Spring Adventures

Posted: April 28, 2011

If you haven't had your chance to meet recent BC Book Prize winner Grant Lawrence, author of Adventures in Solitude, never fear! He's still giving readings in May. Meet Grant at:

Bolen Books in Victoria (111-1644 Hillside Ave) on Monday, May 16, starting at 7pm. Admission is free. Call 250-595-4232 for more info.

Volume One Bookstore in Duncan (149 Kenneth Street) on Friday, May 20, starting at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is free, all are welcome. Call 250-748-1533 for more info.

Grant Lawrence has become a well-known voice across Canada for his CBC Radio 3 Podcast and his appearances on CBC Radio One programs such as DNTO, Spark, All Points West and On the Coast, and fans of independent music still turn up an old song from a record by The Smugglers, Grant’s defunct rock band.

Grant’s first book, Adventures in Solitude, has become a national bestseller, and has just won a BC Book Prize: the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, for the best book in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content, determined by BC bookstore owners. The winners were announced at the gala on April 21.

In Adventures in Solitude, Grant shares how Desolation Sound shaped his life in music and the history of Canada. Young Grant’s father bought a piece of land next to West Coast BC’s Desolation Sound marine park in the 1970s, just in time to encounter the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters. It was these early experiences, many alongside an influential hermit named Russell, which led Grant to a life of music and journalism far away from Desolation Sound. In his book, Grant returns to regale us with tales of “going bush,” the tempting dilemma of finding an unguarded grow-op, and other laugh-out-loud stories from this unique place.

In addition to his radio appearances, Grant Lawrence also hosts many major music events, such as the Polaris Music Prize Gala, the Western Canadian Music Awards and various festivals around North America, and conducts music industry seminars and keynote addresses on music and media related topics. He still spends much of each summer at his cabin in the Sound. He lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife, Canadian folk singer Jill Barber.