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PODCAST: Authors Jess Housty and Haley Healey discuss new books

TODAY IN B.C.: ‘Crushed Wild Mint’ and ‘Her Courage Rises’

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Host Peter McCully chats with two remarkable authors, Haley Healey whose book Her Courage Rises was nominated for a B.C. and Yukon Book Award and Jess Housty, whose book of poetry found its way to the top of the B.C. best sellers list.

In the first segment, McCully asks about Healey’s book, designed to introduce young readers to a group of trailblazing women from B.C. and the Yukon.

Healey explains that her inspiration for writing this book came after a five-day hike near Tofino, where she toured Cougar Annie’s Garden and was fascinated by the story of the pioneer homesteader.

This curiosity led her to uncover publish 50 stories of women, many not been featured in history books. Haley hopes young readers will be inspired to pursue their dreams and learn about these incredible women who defied societal norms.

“Many have led unconventional lives and done remarkable things,” said Healey. “I hope young readers and all readers are inspired to follow their own dreams and live the life they want, even if it’s unconventional.”

Healey is a self-proclaimed trailblazing woman, who has taught in remote communities, guided canoe expeditions and balanced motherhood with adventure.

In the second segment of the ‘Made in B.C. Book Club, the podcast transitions to Housty, who discusses her book of poems, Crushed Wild Mint.

Housty lives in Bella Bella and her deep love for the land and her cultural heritage are evident in her poetry. She describes how her father’s quiet poetry and her upbringing surrounded by the beauty of the land influenced her writing.

Housty’s involvement in community-driven non-profit work, particularly in food security and herbalism, highlights the importance of food security, especially in remote communities. She also touches on the resurgence of efforts to preserve and pass down oral histories and cultural traditions.

The podcast episode includes Housty sharing a poem inspired by her younger child, who believes that the wind originates in the bellies of wolves when they howl. This poem, titled ‘Breath’, reflects Jess’s love for her children and her connection to her culture and territory.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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