This Place A Stranger (Paperback)

Canadian Women Travelling Alone

By Vici Johnstone (Editor)

Caitlin Press Inc., 9781927575734, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2015

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Sometimes tragic, sometimes uproariously funny, THIS PLACE A STRANGER is a diverse collection of Canadian women writing about their experiences of travelling alone. From the deceptiveness of the everyday to the extremes of geography, weather and violence, these stories go beyond the usual tales of intrepid male explorers and reveal the varied and unique circumstances in which women travellers find themselves when "going solo." For one woman, the allure of a multiday hike on a "congenial trail" becomes as shrouded as the soggy temperate rainforest she was so unprepared for. After thirty-seven years of marriage, another woman prepares for her return trip to Africa: vaccination boosters, nausea pills and lots and lots of condoms. A seventeen-hour journey by car through the Great Lakes region of Ontario leads another to dreamlike reflections on the travels of her Anishinaabe grandmothers and the ever-present "fear, worry" she experiences today. In another story, a woman poignantly searches for what many seek on solo journeys - inspiration, renewal, discovery - by returning to Paris only a few years after the painful dissolution of her marriage. But the grey February, a body in pain and the funeral of Mavis Gallant offer a different insight. With new work from both emerging and award-winning authors including Yvonne Blomer, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Waaseyaa'sin Christine Sy, Catherine Owen, Karen Lee and more, these stories explore the unexpected blessings and soul-searching that aloneness offers: clarity, liberation, danger, misery, adventure, devastation and joy.

About the Author

Vici Johnstone has worked in theatre, radio, television, film and digital media. She entered the publishing industry in 2006 when she was hired by Harbour Publishing as the production manager, and later the managing editor and general manager. She purchased Caitlin Press in 2008. Since that time, she has published dozens of titles, and in 2015, edited This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone.

Praise For This Place A Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone

"There’s no sugarcoating here: the women lay bare their fears, insecurities, joys, and triumphs as each travels with her strengths and emotional baggage … This Place a Stranger will resonate with any woman who’s had mixed feelings about travelling alone. The common experience of exiting your comfort zone, both geographically and emotionally, is somehow reassuring, and ultimately inspiring." — Carolyn AliGeorgia Straight

"Due to the intimacy in these stories and the vulnerability and courage in the writing of them, this collection of essays is outstanding." — May Ann MooreVancouver Sun

"This collection has much to offer any reader who wants to understand what it means to travel the world at a disadvantage; to know and accept the risks and still choose to get on an airplane—or onto a boat, bus, or motorbike—alone. These are tales of courage and adventure and danger, and they deserve a wide audience." — PRISM International

"This Place a Stranger is one of the most enjoyable collections I have read for some time; the range of topics, places, and autobiographical avatars collected here should make it of interest to all those—women and men alike—with a passion for travel or an interest in autobiography." — Alana FletcherCanadian Literature