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Early in the Season

March 2009

“This journal contains nothing of the sociologist’s boondoggles or the anthropologist’s zippy theories. Instead, Hoagland allows the people to speak for themselves, with all their self-promotions, embellishments, exaggerations, lies and hypocrisies, all their suffering, joy and death. …Hoagland’s work abides, beautiful, arresting and true.”

Wichita Eagle, Mar 28, 2009
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Early in the Season

December 2008

“Hoagland writes with a keen eye for flora and fauna, and an even keener ear for rustic hyperbole: one old sourdough recounts how pioneering winters were so cold ‘the smoke from the chimney had frozen into a pillar towering in the air, and they’d chopped that down and sawed it up and built a house out of the blocks, a real “smokehouse”.’ Nobody tells stories like that anymore… We’re lucky, then, that those myths live on in this book…”

Georgia Straight, Dec 11, 2008
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Early in the Season

December 2008

“…it’s in the looking forward that writer and writing find their purpose and clarity. This is especially so in Hoagland’s engagement with people he encounters in the Skeena, Stikine and Bulkley river watersheds. Here are mountain men, trappers, truck drivers, yarn-spinners and grizzly attach survivors; a gallery of aromatic wilderness humanity, sketched with such deft, unsentimental directness as to be prose equivalents of black-and-white Polaroids. …Early in the Season is an extraordinarily find little book, required reading for anyone who wonders what writing can do or whether it’s possible to visit the same place twice.”

Toronto Star, Dec 6, 2008
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Early in the Season

November 2008

“With a matter-of-fact style that doesn’t neglect whimsy or humour but betrays not a whit of condescension, the journal is a fabulous time capsule packed with rough n’ ready frontier characters…”

Toronto Star, Nov 30, 2008
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Early in the Season

July 2008

"The story of a place is written not only by those who live there, but also by outsiders savvy enough to let us to see ourselves with new eyes. British Columbia could not ask for a better witness than Edward Hoagland: blunt, spontaneous, dreamy, worldly, randy, adoring, unflinching. And here his voice is as clear as could be; Early in the Season is a true journal, hot from the mind and onto the page. It will send you out into the unloved country, the wilderness that still shapes us, if only to prove him right or wrong.” -- J.B. MacKinnon, author of Dead Man in Paradise and The 100 Mile Diet

Jul 4, 2008
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