WHEELER, Sue




Author Tags: Cookbook, Poetry

Sue Wheeler lives on a seaside farm on Lasqueti Island, BC. Habitat (Brick Books, 2006) is her third book. Her previous books are Solstice on the Anacortes Ferry (Kalamalka Press, 1995) and Slow-moving Target (Brick Books, 2000), both shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.

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The Lasqueti Last Resort Society is a non-profit organization that provides care to elders and others related to Lasqueti Island, fostering dignity, friendship and humour with opportunities for integration into community life. As as fundraiser, editors Sue Wheeler, Annie Carrithers and Kathy Schultz gathered the contents for the Lasqueti Last Resort Society Cookbook ($25 plus shipping) with more than 200 pages of recipes, photos and local writings about food and the community.

Replete with memories and anecdotes, it was launched at the Lasqueti Arts Centre on May 17, 2015 where attendees bought out the first print run. Local specialties included bullfrog legs and road kill deer (lots of rosemary). The annual Lasqueti film festival serves dinners and some favourites are included in the book, along with items from the False Bay School lunch program.

“Here is something you eat, says Sue Wheeler, "the rock and rain and sea and starlight that are part of the garden carrot, orchard plum and fresh egg, the wild mushroom, blackberry, huckleberry, oyster and clam. Together we mark the passages, we break bread and enjoy, by eating Here, the tangible food and the intangibles of community, transforming these molecules and essences into our very selves.”

To learn more about the Society, visit http://www.judithfishercentre.com. For copies of the reprinted cookbook, email morkats@gmail.com. 978-0-9948027-0-5

CITY/TOWN: Lasqueti Island, B.C.

DATE OF BIRTH: October 4, 1942

PLACE OF BIRTH: Dallas, Texas

ARRIVAL IN CANADA: 1972

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: farming

AWARDS: Gwendolyn Macewan Memorial Prize
Shortlisted: Pat Lowther Memorial Award, 1995 & 2000; Gerald Lampert Memorial Award 1995; Dorothy Livesay Prize 2001.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

slow-moving target. brick books, 2000
solstice on the anacortes ferry. kalamalka press, 1995
habitat. brick books, 2006

[BCBW 2006] "Poetry"