Book Tours


October 13 – 23.

Note NEW EVENT – Prince George book signing, 11.00:am to 2.00:pm Saturday October 24th.

I’m excited to be travelling along Highway 16 west of Prince George this fall.  I have never been west of Vanderhoof before so plan to make a bit of a holiday of the trip.  I will be speaking exclusively at Libraries (with much the same slide show I used last fall as there are no new books this time) and will fill in details as I receive them.

October 13.  Stewart Library has cancelled.

October 14th.  7.00:PM.  Hazelton Library.  4255 Government Street.

Contact: 250 842 5961

October 15th.  7.00:PM.  Prince Rupert Library.  101 6th Ave West.

Contact: 250 627 1345

October 19th.  7.00:PM. Terrace Library.  4610, Park Avenue.

Contact:  250 638 8177

October 20th.  Smithers Library.  3817 Alfred Avenue.

Contact 250 847 3043

October 22nd.  7.00:PM. Burns Lake Library.  585 Government Street.

Contact 250 692 3192

October 23rd 7.00:PM.  Vanderhoof Library.  230Street East

Contact 250 567 4060

I will also be passing through Wells on my way home over the weekend of 24th – 26th – don’t know if I will be able to have a venue there or not.



20 – 22Feb.

Galliano Island Writer’s Festival. En route I will be visiting Ashcroft on 17th (no venue organized yet) and on the 18th I will be speaking at Maple Ridge library.

Middle two weeks October. Slide show tour in the North Cariboo and Highway 16 west. I shall try to visit: Quesnel, Wells, Prince George (probably for the UNBC Craft Fair), Vanderhoof, Smithers, Burns Lake, Terrace, and Prince Rupert. Any other suitable venue will be included.



These are the two new books I will be travelling in the fall of 2014.  (I will also have my other 10 books with me.)

I will be visiting: The Cariboo, The Lower Mainland, Vancouver and Gabriola Island, and the Okanagan.  Scroll to the bottom for the itinerary.

lonesome and river

 And The River Still Sings is my 11th book. It is primarily a review of 30 plus years of remote wilderness living. These span my time at Lonesome Lake and Nuk Tessli, but the book also includes chapters of my early years growing up in England and backpacking for a decade around the world. There is no mystery as to why my wilderness choice evolved. I have never lived in a town or city, nor had any desire to do so: nature provides me with unparalleled beauty, endless fascination, the blessings of solitude, and complete fulfillment.

Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog was first published ten years ago. After rejections from three other publishers: (“Who,” they said, “would want to read a book written by a dog?”) Lonesome has so far been the most popular book to bear my name. Perhaps because Lonesome herself wrote it! Touchstone is celebrating by issuing a special birthday edition.




Sept 27 – Williams Lake Writers’ Festival.

     9.30 – noon, “The Writing Life – Words of Experience.” Presentations by Donna Milner, Sage Birchwater, Christian Peterson, and Chris Czajkowski.

   1 – 2.30:pm, “Meet Our Local Writers:” an informal networking opportunity.

Old Fire Hall, 90, 4th Ave Nth

Free but please register as limited space.  Contact: Kate McDonough, 250 398 9440. Cell 250 267 4327,


Oct 28 – 100 Mile House Branch Library. Slide Show 6.30:pm. 449 S. Birch Ave.

Free.  Contact: 250-395-2332.


Oct 29 – Williams Lake Library. Slide Show, 6.30:pm. Suite A 180 North 3rd St.

Free. Contact Caroline Derksen,





Sept 30. Capilano Public Library, Slide Show 7.00:pm, 3045 Highland Boulevard.

Free. Contact: Clare Westlake, 604 987 4471


Oct 2. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library. Slide Show, 7.00:pm. 4595 Albert Street,

Free. Contact Kris Wolf, 604 299 8955,


Oct 4. Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. Slide Show. 2.00:pm. 3663 Peters Rd, North Van.

Contact: Tricia Edgar.


Oct 6. Squamish Public Library. Slide Show, 6.30:pm. 37907 2nd Ave.

Free. Contact: Nancy Warwick, 604 892 3110,


Oct 14. New Westminster Public Library. Slide Show. 7.00:pm. 716, 6th Ave.

Free but please register as space limited. Contact 604 527 4667,


Oct 15. Ocean Park Public Library. Slide Show. 6.30:pm. 12854 – 17th Ave, Surrey

Free. Contact: 604 502 6304





Oct 9. Courtenay Public Library. Slide Show. 6.30:pm. 300 6th St.

Free. Contact Colleen Nelson.


Oct 10. Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch Library. Slide Show. 6.30:pm. 90 Commercial St.

Free. Contact 250 753 1154 ext 222


Oct 11. Gabriola Island Library. Slide Show. 1.00:pm. Folklife Village, 575 North Rd.

Free. Contact Amy Dawley. 250 247 7879.





Oct 16. Kamloops Naturalists. Slide Show. 7.00:pm. Heritage House, Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St.

Free but donations to the Naturalist group welcome. Contact: Margaret Graham, 250 554 1285.


Oct 18. Summerland Friends of the Library. Slide Show. 2.30:pm. Summerland Branch Okanagan Regional Library, 9525 Wharton Ave.

Admission by donation. Contact: 250 494 5591, or David Mallory,250 494 3439,


Oct 20. Penticton Public Library. Slide Show. 7.00:pm. Library Auditorium, 785 Main St.

Free. Contact: Karen Kellerman, 250 770 7786,


Oct 21. Osoyoos Public Library. Slide Show. 7.00:pm. Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68th Ave.

Kathy Burton

Community Librarian

Free. Contact:  Kathy Burton, Community Librarian, 250 495 7637,


Oct 22. Vernon Museum. Slide Show. 7.30:pm. Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave.

$5.00. Contact: Alice Lee, 250 542 6633


Oct 23. Westbank Branch (Kelowna) Okanagan Public Library. Slide Show. 1.00:pm. 31-2484 Main St. West Kelowna.

Free. Contact: Elena Doebele.


Oct 24. Salmon Arm Library. Slide Show. 6.00:pm. 285, Piccadilly Mall, 1151 10th Ave SW.

Free. Contact: James Laitinen.


Oct 25.  Revelstoke Library.  Slide Show.  4.30:pm.  605 Campbell Ave (in the Community Centre)

Free.  Contact: Kendra Runnalls, 250 837 5095

9 Responses to Book Tours

  1. Joan Dixon says:

    Just want to say again how much John and I enjoyed hearing you speak last night. Your books have always fascinated, but to finally hear you in person telling your stories was amazing. Have been unable to put down the newly purchased book today…a luxury I finally truly appreciate after hearing about what you must accomplish in a day.

    Keep writing – and look after your knees!


  2. Toni Reimer says:

    Thank you Chris, your book arrived autographed and with a Happy Birthday as well on Oct.3 exactly one month before my birthday. I’ve perused it, read bits and am now into it. Here I am a real ‘people person’ but I love your books and the fact that you are such a loner. I’ve always enjoyed these type of books and have read others from around BC. as well. I guess opposites attract.
    Hope you are enjoying your tour and selling lots.


  3. Hello again Chris,
    I would love to have a copy of your new book. ‘ And The River Still Sings’
    Could you send me the total cost including postage and I will send a cheque.
    If you have a better way for me to purchase the book just let me know.

    All the best on your tour. I have sent notes to a couple of people in Kamloops.

  4. Corinne Young says:

    Lonesome Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog was the first book I read. After that I was hooked and have bought and read a number of your books. My family doesn’t always appreciate it when I read one of your books from cover to cover. What can I say some books are hard to put down. Your lifestyle is a dream for many of us, it’s wonderful to read about your courage in turning your dreams into reality.

  5. Mieke McIntosh says:

    Hello Chris.
    I just finished reading your book: Wildfire in the wilderness and I could not put it down.
    From 1996 to 2002 I have lived a similar lifestyle but not nearly as difficult as yours since we were much closer to the road and I wasn’t alone. For health reasons we had to move to a place with easier access to a road.
    I am so delighted that you have included 100 Mile House in your Book Tour and I was wondering if you will bring books with you for the public to buy?
    I cannot wait until October, so I am going to buy Lonesome, Memoirs of a wilderness dog now.
    Somewhere in your book:
    Wildfire in the wilderness, you mention that you have a written a book on wildflowers.
    what is the title and can I purchase it?
    Thank you so much for your delightful stories!

  6. Hi Chris,
    So happy to hear you are doing a fall book tour, but sorry you are not coming to the Island.
    Congrats Chris.
    Where can I get your new book?

    I have your books out on loan all the time, you have many fans!

    Did I ever send you a copy of the framed Moose picture we gave our son? He was
    over the moon!!!

    My brother in law is fascinated with your live story and is planning a trip.
    Where would you suggest they stay? Our best thoughts, from Bill and Aileen

  7. Joan says:

    Missed meeting you when we were at Tatla Lake in June. Are you interested in fitting in an afternoon with Mill Bay/ Duncan writers and/or readers before your Nanaimo slide show? I could pass on any info to possible organizers at Arbutus Ridge or local libraries.
    I heard you are working on a flower book. I love your photos of the wildflowers in your area. We met Jeanie Fell and were delighted to spot both death camus and spotted coralroot (one of each!) while looking at her garden. She had only good things to say about you, as did Lori King.

  8. Val Williams says:

    New blog looks and certainly does load more easily, (especially for those of us on slow funky internet systems). But I DO miss seeing your beautiful dog’s face watching over the site!

    Wishing you a great summer, with good food growing.

    McBride BC

  9. Micheline says:

    The Prince George date has dropped off your itinerary, does that mean William’s Lake is the furthest north you will be travelling?
    – Micheline.

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