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The writer and poet Amber McMillan discusses her memoir The Woods: A Year on Protection Island (Nightwood Editions, 2016), with Joseph Planta.

The Woods: A Year on Protection Island by Amber McMillan (Nightwood Editions, 2016).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Amber McMillan joins me now. The writer and poet has just published a new book, The Woods: A Year on Protection Island. A lot of us in this part of the world, think of what life would be like if we could leave the city and go spend some times in the woods. On a place like Protection Island though, there are people who live there, who get there because of various circumstances, and the domestic day-to-day stuff can be interesting, if not challenging. I’ll get Ms. McMillan to tell us what brought her and her family to this place, what sort of existence it was, as well as what they might have expected. We meet some interesting characters along the way, a lot who are unforgettable. The place has its history and mystery, and this view onto island life is not to be missed. Amber McMillan is the author of the poetry collection We Can’t Ever Do This Again. Her work has appeared in Arc, Contemporary Verse 2, PRISM International, and other journals. The website for more is at http://www.amber-mcmillan.com. The book is published by Nightwood Editions. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Nanaimo, BC, Amber McMillan; Ms. McMillan, good morning.