Susan Safyan moved to Wells from Los Angeles in 1980 and lived there until 1985. She returns to visit her friends in Wells every year and has dedicated herself to collecting and preserving their stories. Safyan works as an editor for Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver, BC.

According to her publisher:

In the late 1960s and '70s a small group of idealistic young women and men, self-described as "volunteer peasants," moved to the tiny town of Wells in British Columbia's Central Interior. These hippies, with their waist-length hair and handlebar moustaches, long paisley skirts and gumboots, rusted cars and worn sofas, brought with them a Canadian version of the continent-wide back-to-the-land movement, the sexual revolution and the privilege of personal freedom. All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days (Caitlin 2012) tells the story of these young settlers, their migration, their values, the unexpected friendships forged between the town's old-timers and newcomers and the inevitable clash-occasionally violent-of generations and cultures.

Built during the Depression, Wells nearly became a gold-mining ghost town like nearby Barkerville, but thanks to the influence of the "back-to-the-landers" it has evolved into one of BC's renowned arts-based communities. All Roads Lead to Wells tells their earthy, poignant and revealing stories.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days


BOOKS:

All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days (Caitlin 2012)

ISBN 13: 978-1-894759-76-2
ISBN 10: 1-894759-76-1
8" x 7", 272 pages, paper
60 colour photos
$26.95

[BCBW 2012]