Foster to share tales from Canada’s north at public reading

Saltair author Eric Foster to read excerpts of two recently published books at the Ladysmith Library April 9.

Local author Eric Foster of Saltair will be sharing stories from the north during a free author reading at the Ladysmith Library.

The reading will take place Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the library 740 First Ave., and Foster will discuss his two recently published books: BC-Yukon Sketches, and Mile 1202: Life along the Alaska Highway. Foster will recount his intriguing experiences living and working in the Yukon and northern British Columbia.

Learn all about life in remote northern locations like Beaver Creek during the 1970s, where the community held curling bonspiels, holiday dances, hunted moose and mountain sheep, and cavorted on snowmobiles as they enjoyed the cold for eight months each year.

“These are the stories of strong, enterprising and committed people who have chosen to make a life for themselves and their families in a harsh, unforgiving land that at times was bitterly cruel but at other times pleasantly nurturing to the original native inhabitants of this region,” states a press release for the event.

Foster was born in England but raised on Vancouver Island. As a boy, he read many stories about Canada’s north and hoped to live there one day. He received his chance when he first worked in the Yukon as part of a geological survey in 1957. In 1969, he returned to the Yukon as a teacher, first in Whitehorse and then at Beaver Creek, Mile 1202. Foster is now retired and living in Saltair.

For more information about the reading, contact the library at 250-245-2322.