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Barbara has just finished working on a memoir and also has a screenplay in development. These are various pieces she has written while studying with her long time mentor Jack Grapes.
Barbara’s memoir “The Hope in Leaving” is arriving in book stores March 15th 2016 and is available for pre-
"If you appreciate Mary Karr and Jeannette Walls, you'll want to read Williams's eloquent memoir of growing up in and out of the harsh lumber camps of British Columbia. In an honest, compelling voice devoid of self-
"Authentic. Human. Unselfconscious. Beautifully crafted. The Hope in Leaving is a jewel of a book." -
"Barbara Williams is the daughter of wanderlust. She grew up in logging camps, skid roads, and temporary homes on Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Her father was ‘Handsome Jack,’ the man who danced on tree-
"Barbara Williams has written a breathtaking, ruthlessly poetic coming of stage; a memoir that reads more like a hardscrabble book of common prayer. Hope In Leaving is a born writer's pure and savage plainsong, a ghost dance summoning family, hope, endurance, and the transcendence of love." -
“… an unforgettable group portrait of survival and grit under the sign of a dark shadow.” – Steve Wasserman (Publisher at Heyday)
Globe and Mail
The Hope in Leaving is an incredibly powerful offering, delivered with rare grace and strength given its painful subject matter. With it, Williams has proven the most powerful storytelling is that which trusts readers to feel its impact without instruction, and find meaning without guidance.
Review Issue Date: January 1, 2016
Online Publish Date: December 20, 2015
Price ( Hardcover ): $23.95
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-
Link to Georgia Straight Review