Published by Gracesprings Collective, ISBN# 9780980960860
“Two iconic journeys, one past one present—one halfway across the world, the other half way across North America—converge in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival. A fitting convergence, maxing out on extremes of both the real and the unreal, the mythic and the miserable, the monumental and the mortifying—as is invariably true of our most important journeys.” ANDREAS SCHROEDER, Rogers Chair in Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing Department, UBC and author of Renovating Heaven
Published by Gracesprings Collective, ISBN# 9780980960839
In her debut novel Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski weaves a rich wilderness tale that begins in 1970 and involves two childhood friends, Emily and Rachel. Emily remains in their northern hometown while Rachel sets out for Europe. The focus is on Emily and her quest for wholeness, which leads her, at the age of twenty, back to a wilderness home in the company of Sam, a man she meets while working in a mining camp. An early tragedy forced her family to flee, and now at last she has the chance to return and to learn answers to questions that have haunted her her whole life.
Set on a remote homestead in British Columbia, this is the true story of the evolution of a unique friendship. Deanna Kawatski spent eleven years longing for a female companion. Then Clara arrived. Clara and Me traces Deanna's rich journey from awkwardness with her mentally challenged new neighbour, to gradual acceptance and even joy in her companionship. Clara taught Deanna much more than she ever bargained for and opened her heart in surprising ways. Clara and Me was a Hubert Evans Award nominee.
Published by Gracesprings Collective, ISBN# 9780980960808
Wilderness Mother is a lovingly written account of the thirteen years that Deanna Kawatski spent living a pioneering life far off in the wilderness of British Columbia. There she and her husband built their own house, lived largely off the land, and raised two children. Deanna's love of the wilderness and her life there shines from every page. This best-selling awe-inspiring story continues to win the hearts of readers.