Outspoken author speaking out

If you are interested in the paranormal or have ever encountered something in your life you cannot explain, come to the Courtenay Library on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. to share your experiences.

If you are interested in the paranormal or have ever encountered something in your life you cannot explain, come to the Courtenay Library on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. to share your experiences.

Local author Betty Krawczyk will be reading from her new book, This Dangerous Place: My Journey Between the Passions of the Living and the Dead, and leading the discussion.

In This Dangerous Place, Krawczyk searches for answers from her childhood by revisiting in memory an old plantation house in Southern Louisiana. It was from this setting of long ago that Krawczyk’s father wrestled with a ghost he didn’t know, didn’t ask for, and didn’t believe existed. Until it was too late.

While This Dangerous Place plays out in present time, it is intimately connected with Krawczyk’s past.

Through childhood experiences and her love of British Columbia forests which have imprisoned her, Krawczyk feels compelled to question the universe at large: what is the source of the human will?

And an even more elusive question: to what degree can humans interact with the dead? Do the passions of people long dead still hang around in certain situations and seek to interfere with the lives of the living?

This book is dedicated to posing these questions from lived experience. The answers belong to the future. This is a true story.

Krawczyk is the author of three previous books, including: Open Living Confidential, Lock Me Up or Let Me Go, and Clayoquot: Sound of My Heart, which was shortlisted for the VanCity Book Prize.

For more information, drop by the library at 300 Sixth St., call 250-334-3369 or visit www.virl.bc.ca. This is a free program, and all are welcome.

— Courtenay Library