Tue, Jul 23 | Durham Art Gallery

Lunch Date: Reading

Bring your lunch and join us on Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 1:00p.m for a reading by local author Allen Smutylo and his book The Memory of Water.
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Lunch Date: Reading

Time & Location

Jul 23, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Durham Art Gallery, 251 George St E, Durham, ON, Canada

About the Event

As part of The Vocabulary of Water exhibition, local award nominated author Allen Smutylo joins us to read from his book The Memory of Water.

The book will be available for purchase in the Gallery!

Over the last forty years, Canadian adventurer, writer, and artist Allen Smutylo has experienced some of the wildest and most captivating waters imaginable in all corners of the globe. The stories in The Memory of Water—all of them accompanied by the author’s own stunning artwork—describe his adventures in the Arctic, South Pacific, Great Lakes region, and India.

In the Arctic he is attacked by a polar bear, stalked by a rogue walrus, and nearly drowns in ferocious waters. But his Arctic stories also celebrate human creativity as they recount the life of the pre-Inuit people, who, hunting in a changing environment, endured many hardships and developed new technologies, such as the sea kayak, to cope.

Other stories include an account of a sojourn in a small Georgian Bay fishing village as a young artist, an adventure on an urban river in southwestern Ontario, and a portrayal of the complex underwater world of the South Pacific. Travelling the River Ganges in India, the author finds that a massive misuse of water is complicated by a billion people’s faith-based adoration of the same water.

The Memory of Water probes a crucial and contemporary issue—that of our relationship to water and the wildlife and human life that depends upon it. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the natural world, in artistic depictions of it, or in a good story well told.


Short-listed, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction 2014

Short-listed, Banff Mountain Book Competition: Adventure/Travel 2013

Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2013

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