The Fisher Queen

Sylvia Taylor

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ISBN: 9781927051535

The Fisher Queen

  Author:   Sylvia Taylor    
  Publisher:  Heritage Group Distribution

It’s 1981, and Sylvia Taylor has signed on as rookie deckhand on a wallowy 40-foot salmon troller. Looking forward to making money for university, she is determined to master the ins and outs of fishing some of the most dangerous waters in the world: the Graveyard of the Pacific. For four months, she helps navigate the waters off northern Vancouver Island, learning the ways of fisherfolk and the habitat in which they breathe, sleep and survive.

The politics of selling fish, the basics of tying gear, near-death experiences, endless boat troubles, the emotional perils of sharing cramped quarters—all are part of a steep and unforgiving learning curve. Taylor’s story captures the reality of life on a fishboat and documents the end of an era, a time when the fishing industry wasn’t yet marred by unchecked overfishing or hyper-regulation. Her lyrical, simple prose explores the tight-knit relationship of fishers with the west coast’s wild, untamed waters. Her memoir bursts with all the humour and hell, peace and upheaval that is the Pacific Ocean.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781927051535
Item HH0019
PublisherHeritage Group Distribution
PublisherHeritage Group Distribution
Published onAugust 15 2012
Language eng
Pages 208
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight280(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning writer, editor and educator. A director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years, she consults with authors and entrepreneurs and is a popular conference presenter and adjudicator. Her creative writing has appeared in anthologies and genre magazines in Canada and the US, and she was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards in creative non-fiction. She is co-creator and coordinator of “Surrey Stories: A Celebration of the Spoken Word,” a monthly writer/speaker series in conjunction with the City of Surrey Libraries.