October 20, 2015

Presented by Louis Druehl, SFU Marine Botanist.

Tuesday October 20th, 2015, 114 Halpern Centre, 11:30 am

Abstract:  Louis Druehl  explores the emotions, processes, frustrations, and satisfactions of creating Cedar, Salmon and Weed, a novel. This story, reminiscent of Steinbeck's master piece, Cannery Row, is a tale of 1970’s Bamfield with its biologists, hippies, fishermen, natives and end-of-the-roaders, portraying minimal sex and violence, some piracy, dealing, marine science and loitering. “Expertly and beautifully written…so much action in this wonderfully gritty book…” Grant Lawrence, author of Adventures in Solitude and The Lonely End of the Rink.

Presenter: Louis Druehl is the editor of The New Bamfielder and Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University where he taught and researched kelp for 36 years. His best seller, Pacific Seaweeds, introduced thousands to these little-appreciated plants; he even has a kelp genus and species named after him. Louis was instrumental in establishing the Bamfield Marine Station, where he continues to work on restoring British Columbia’s failing kelp beds. This year, he received a British Columbia Community Achievement Award for his contributions to Bamfield. He and his wife, Rae, run Canadian Kelp Resources, which produces sea vegetables.

This is the second in the Fall 2015 SFURA Speakers Program. Presentations are free and open to all members of SFU and the public.  No reservations are required.  They are held at 11:30 am on Tuesdays with a talk of approximately 50 minutes, plus a short question period.

Members of the audience are invited to join the speaker and executive board for lunch at the Diamond Alumni Centre following the talk.