AN AFTERNOON WITH LOCAL AUTHOR DAVID CAMPICHE
On Thursday, December 7th, 2023 the Friends of the Seaside Public Library will welcome local author David Campiche. Campiche will offer a reading and discussion his latest novel “Black Wing.” The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room and there will be a time afterwards for a Q&A.
The book is set deep in the winter of 1896, where Dan Skinner and his younger brother, André, flee into the icy, windswept mountains of British Columbia, barely ahead of a contingent of Mounties and their Tsimshian tracker, Tom LaCross, once a friend and mentor to Dan. In the brutal, relentless cat and mouse chase that ensues, some of these men will fall, but for the survivors a collision of cultures awaits far ahead in the wilderness.
As history painfully unwinds at a dire time for the Native Peoples, and environmental disaster follows the destruction of their way of life, “Black Wing” introduces a cast of unforgettable characters: two friends torn apart by racial hatred, a Native shaman with formidable power, a wife determined to reunite with her lost husband, a band of Native people fighting to preserve their ways…and generations later, a descendant who takes on the quest for ecological balance.
David Campiche is a published poet, a professional potter, an avid outdoorsman, retired innkeeper of 42 years, and a passionate student of Indigenous cultures, art history, painting, and nature. He is a member of the National Audubon Society and Sea Resources and serves on the board of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. On trips into northern British Columbia, both privately and with the organization, EcoTrust, he conferred with leaders in the environmental effort to protect areas of the B.C. wilderness.