On today’s chapter of The Word Weaver Podcast I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Harley Rustad over tea and cookies at his home in Toronto. Originally from Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Harley spent the first few months of his life living in a tent amongst trees. He grew up climbing them and learned to name the different varieties from a young age. It is fitting that his wildly buzzed about first book was written in their honour.
He is the author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees, about Canada’s second-largest Douglas-fir that was saved by a logger and the fight to protect old-growth forests on Vancouver Island.
Harley is an editor and writer at The Walrus Magazine. His work has also been published in Outside, the Globe and Mail, Geographical, the Guardian, and CNN. He has reported from India, Nepal, Cuba, and across Canada.
I caught up with Harley in the midst of his first book tour and the conversation proved to be a fascinating one. He was just as articulate, intelligent, and engaging as I’d hoped.
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