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Carter on Carr by car

May 21st, 2015

Laurie Carter’s personal take on Emily Carr has been self-published as Emily Carr’s B.C.: Book One, Vancouver Island (Little White Publishing 2015), exploring Carr’s life and travels from Victoria to Quatsino Sound. The book includes maps tracing the routes taken by Carr, plus historic and modern photos to complement Carter’s narrative. It’s the first of two projected titles on the artist. “As a travel writer and dedicated Emily fan,” she said, “I wanted to see what drew her to those remote places, how time had treated them, and to learn more about her home life.”

Carter set out to write a single book. “As I travelled—by car, ferry, freighter, motor launch and mail boat—meeting people, learning the history of places and connecting with Emily, it became clear that the most reader-friendly approach would be to divide the material geographically into two books… Being neither an art expert nor a literary critic, I stayed away from trying to interpret Emily’s work, preferring to let the woman speak for herself.”

Carter, Laura black dress

Laurie Carter

Laurie Carter was born in Ontario in 1952 and moved to the Okanagan Valley in 1991. She has a degree in Canadian history from the University of Toronto. Before she turned to writing, she was a human resources executive for a major Canadian corporation based in Toronto.

As a freelance writer, she has contributed to BC Living, West Magazine, Harbors, Okanagan Life,, Thompson Okanagan Vacation Guide, Horizon Air, UP! magazine, The Province, National Post, Georgia Straight, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Canadian Traveller, West of the City, Good Times, Country Discoveries, Where-Thompson Okanagan, MotorHome, Northwest Travel, Okanagan Life Annual Valley Guide, Okanagan Real Estate and Relocation Guide, Thompson Life Two Rivers Guide, Boat Guide, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Event, Red Deer Express, Okotokes Western Wheel, Contact and The Globe and Mail.

She is also the author of Grandma Wears Hiking Books: A Personal Guide to the Okanagan Valley and co-author of Gifts of the Okanagan, as well as novel, China Doll.

Carter has been a senior editor of Okanagan Life magazine, taught in the digital photography program at the Centre for Arts & Technology Okanagan (CATO), and contributed extensively to, official website of Tourism BC.

She lives near Kelowna.


2006 Canadian Tourism Commission Northern Lights Award (2nd): Newspaper Story
2007 Travel Media Association of Canada Award: Outdoor Adventure Feature Story
2009, 2007, 2005, 2003 Travel Media Association of Canada Photography Awards


Grandma Wears Hiking Boots: A personal guide to the Okanagan Valley (Little White Publishing, 2010) ISBN 9780981245102
China Doll (Commonwealth, 1997) ISBN 9781551973050
Emily Carr’s B.C.: Book One, Vancouver Island (Little White Publishing 2015 $24.95 978-1-927878-01-9

[Photo: Bruce Kemp]

One Response to “Carter on Carr by car”

  1. Glad to see someone else admires Emily Carr.
    I have a new book being published by Routledge in Nov 2015 entitled
    Artist Emily Carr & the Spirit of the Land:A Jungian portrait
    In it I refute many negative stereotypes of Emily Carr made by biographers who without any qualifications in psychology make assumptions about her from an outmoded Freudian perspective.
    All the best,

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