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General News · 4th August 2012
Cortes Museum
Novel Book Launch
by Local Author Christine Cohen Park

Cortes Natural Food Co-op Courtyard
Friday, August 10th, 2012 7:30pm

A Key To Lock Out Cougars tells the story of an English biographer who comes to Cortes Island to research the life of a woman who has created a world-renowned garden. He has been told that the
islanders are friendly and hospitable people: why then, do they clam up when he starts probing them with questions...?

'A Key To Lock Lock Out Cougars is a compelling narrative about intriguing characters that contains with it the story of the place I live. Of course places and personalities are fictionalized, but such things as the descriptions of the feeling of connection with the natural world, or the story of how a person comes to the island for a week and ends up staying a lifetime, really ring true. As the literary executor of Gilean Douglas, I was especially interested in the way aspects of her situation - a woman with strong personality, living on an isolated homestead, leader in local politics, the creator of a large and beautiful garden - inspired the story of Deirdre Delapp.'
JILL MILTON, archivist, Cortes Island Museum

Christine Cohen Park is a British writer who has taught for a decade at Simon Fraser University, spent the summers on Cortes Island since 1987, and been a frequent workshop presenter at Hollyhock. Her two first novels are set in London's publishing world, and on Hampstead Heath. Her short story anthology, Close Company, was selected as one of the ten best women's books for 1992. Her current novel is set on Cortes and Twin Islands, where three interlinked stories vividly bring to life the area's history from 1934 to the present day.