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  • Lawrence Winkler

    Twenty-five years ago they bought a homestead, in the middle of Vancouver Island, on the water’s edge. There are still reflections off the small lake at the foot of Mount Benson- of gardens and vineyards and woodland encounters. Westwood Lake Chronicles is a dreamscape diary, a backyard inventory of life and death in paradise, and the desperate pressures that threaten its existence. Lawrence Winkler has written an anthem to living deliberately with nature, and the virtues of simplicity, self-sufficiency, solitude, and silence. Find...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world. The first arc he carved with his thumb stopped a little red pickup that took him over the horizon. Like his mythical hunter companion, Orion, he was on a vision quest, propelled toward the dawn to have his sight restored. This is the story of that five-year odyssey to discover his...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    Somewhere beyond the Salish Sea lived the Stout Men who did the Megin River, and Tibet, and the Amazon. There was Tictac and Poldy, Cliffy and Madame, Captain and Gung, and Papa Smurf, who would die someday, but not yet. These are the stories of where they rushed headlong, towards adventure and suffering, and how it all took...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    In the summer of 1980, a maverick young doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world. The first part of his odyssey took him through South America and up through Africa, accompanied by his mythical hunter companion, Orion. Between the Cartwheels is the sequel to that cartwheel, his vision quest continuing now, on the European Grand Tour adventure of a...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    The Final Cartwheel is the story of a young doctor's return home, after a five-year hitchhiking odyssey around the world. Through East Asia, Indonesia, and around the Antipodes, the circle becomes...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    The fates of three tormented men, born as many eras apart, come together in a rock cave on the Coromandel peninsula of New Zealand— Tama of the Ngātei Hei, Billy Green in the days of gold, and Dr. Sababa from across the ocean— seeking revenge, discovering treasure, and searching for redemption. Inside The Bolthole, on a mossy platform, is the skull of a Maori chieftain, the silver button of a British Naval captain, and a greenstone club. Here their thrilling life and death stories of obsession begin by hurtling down the shoreline of the same beach, and end in the fierce battles that left the coastal sands white with...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    Madagascar is a drug. Between its dazzling culture and biosphere—ninety percent of its species found nowhere else—everything is beautiful. But nothing is possible. The world’s fourth largest island is also its fourth most corrupt nation. The rivers run red. In 2016, I flew thirty hours over three continents, into a singular adventure across 4000 kilometers of isolation. The roads eviscerate; the poverty steals your heart. The terrain follows, a spider web stranded in your peripheral vision. In Bandits of Madagascar are man-eating trees and elephant birds, pirates and slaves, lemurs and chameleons and crocodile caves, cattle rustlers and rosewood thieves, and sapphires and silk...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    The American West was a notion, not a nation. It was a process, not a place. The native animal and human life of the West was displaced, replaced, and exterminated sixty million bison to make way for European bog animals, billions of passenger pigeons for nothing, and ninety percent of aboriginal native Americans, out of an original population of possibly a hundred million, by accident and design. Late in the summer of 2013, I set out to find the Old West, what it had been, and what had replaced it. The quest for my own wild panorama would turn wheels of fortune into a movable feast of Wagon Days. And if this don’t get your fire started, your wood’s...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    It lives in the hole where the moon used to be. And for most of the worst part of the northern winter, over the last two decades, so have we. The real South Pacific was not a Bali Hai musical, but a drama of cannibals and castaways, headhunters and slavers, paradise and perdition. This is a book of saline psalms. This is...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    Heraclitus’ fragments come together, to life, and towards its antitheses, in this fantastic metaphysical journey. Forty years after Orion’s Cartwheels hitchhiking circumnavigation of the planet, Steve of the Jacuzzi returns to accompany the good doctor, on another series of road trips, to Alsace and Central Africa and Tennessee, in a penultimate bucket list Grand Tour. Together, they experience issues of survival on an interstellar Worldship, the epiphanies of perfect late harvest wine, tracking of gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest, a general who fought too much (while another fought not at all), and the thrill of the world’s most famous barbecue competition. Catch...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    A young boy wakes up on a Goldilocks planet, somewhere far out there. He wonders about the Silver River Galaxy and why he has no memory of his father. A locked room in the school basement will lead him to the meaning of life—through a mainframe computer and a mysterious ship on the cold border of the habitable zone. Void Vast Infinite is a short story of a long journey. If you see far, you will go...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    Most remote islands of the imagination conjure up paradise. Japan is an archipelago of puzzlement, lost to the rest of the world for two and a half centuries. From the sands that forged their swords and serenity, they traveled a timeline of temples and shrines and feudal fortresses and flowing mountain streams. On sashimi and soy sauce, green tea over rice, they lived under cherry blossoms and ephemeral moonlight, in Zen gardens and futon dreams. After the rain. To be alive. Before the dawn. It was all so...read more

  • Lawrence Winkler

    You will love Harbour City. Most visitors to the island drive right through, without taking time to explore its attractions. But you're not most visitors. You will get to spend some time. Go head. Turn on your radio. That's BC Bud, 101.3 FM on your Home and Native Band. He will announce your special arrival. And if you catch something more than a salmon, you could be referred to Doctor Sababa, an Internal Medicine consultant at Harbour City Regional, the Sage of the Salish Sea. He would amuse you with his wit and wisdom, and the spontaneous combustion and thrust they generate, often mixed in unequal proportions, as he dances with the devil in the pale moonlight. Before there was...read more