Home­com­ing for book launch Fri­day

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - RON GREC H

A self- pub­lished pho­tog­ra­pher and writer is host­ing a launch of her third col­lec­tion of pho­tos and poems in Timmins this Fri­day.

Anne Pel­letier, who is orig­i­nally from Iro­quois Falls and worked in Timmins for about 30 years, moved to the West Coast less than two years ago.

Her de­par­ture from North­ern On­tario roughly co­in­cided with the start of her writ­ing ca­reer.

“I was tak­ing pho­tos over the years and they were very beau­ti­ful and I didn’t know what to do with them … I had quite the col­lec­tion and I re­ally like writ­ing,” said Pel­letier, speak­ing to the Daily Press from her home in Lake Coun­try, B. C. “And I was in a place a few years ago where some­thing hap­pened to me and I wanted to emo­tion­ally get rid of it, so I wrote and in a very short time, two months, I had a book.”

Her lat­est re­lease is en­ti­tled Por­tray­als of Hu­man Con­di­tion.

While Pel­letier is re­sis­tant to de­scrib­ing the texts within the book as “po­etry”, she con­cedes “it does have a po­etic style.”

Pel­letier said the mood of the book was in­spired by events that were oc­cur­ring around her at time, par­tic­u­larly the wild­fires in the B. C. and peo­ple liv­ing on the streets, home­less.

“For me, it was a cul­tural shock to see so many home­less peo­ple and it was com­mon to see other peo­ple walk by and do noth­ing.”

Lead­ing up to these events, Pel­letier said she was gear­ing up to write a “very pos­i­tive kind of book and then we had fires here in B. C. in July, Au­gust and Sep­tem­ber and it af­fected my writ­ing.

“I was in a very happy place but I no­ticed I was think­ing som­bre thoughts … The fire was like the am­bi­ence that brought these thoughts for­ward … there was this dark set­ting ev­ery­where en­vi­ron­men­tally and so no mat­ter what I tried to write, it had some kind of dark, som­bre feel­ing to it so the fire just kind of brought me to a place where I couldn’t write any­thing ex­cept this stuff. It wouldn’t let me.”

The book it­self is nei­ther about last sum­mer’s wild­fires nor about home­less­ness in B. C.

Pel­letier is hop­ing the book may be a source of in­spi­ra­tion.

“The premise of this book is to por­tray dif­fi­cult liv­ing both with one page writ­ings and pho­to­graphs. The writ­ings can be imag­ined as a paint­ing of one’s life, turn­ing from one can­vas to an­other, ev­ery brush stroke con­tribut­ing to the clean slate of fuller liv­ing,” she said. “It’s all about strength … any­one in our so­ci­ety who is a bit dif­fer­ent tends to be seg­re­gated and I wanted, through writ­ing, to por­tray it as a tran­si­tion.”

For ex­am­ple, she said it is pos­si­ble for sur­vivors of men­tal ill­ness to emerge from that co­coon “into some­thing beau­ti­ful.”

Pel­letier said, “This book is a non- fic­tion in dis­guise, rep­re­sent­ing the break within us, the di­vide among us and the in­cred­i­ble call for greater un­der­stand­ing. Ad­dic­tion, men­tal ill­nesses and dys­func­tional up­bring­ings are still de­fined as lesser and sel­dom rec­og­nized as strength of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Pel­letier will be host­ing her book launch at the Fish­bowl Restau­rant this Fri­day from 3 p. m. to 9 p. m.

All three of her books will be avail­able for pur­chase.

Her other two ti­tles are With­out An An­chor and Heal­ing My Cracked Heart In Africa.

Any­one want­ing to pur­chase one of her books via etrans­fer or to re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion can email Pel­letier at tab­u­[email protected] gmail. com.

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