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Writer Sarah de Leeuw launches book of essays about the northwest

Writer Sarah de Leeuw reading from her new book, Where It Hurts. (Credit: Gene Law)

Award-winning author Sarah de Leeuw was in Terrace yesterday to launch her new book.

De Leeuw read excerpts from Where It Hurts at the Terrace Library to a hometown crowd.

She describes the essays as about marginalized peoples and places and touches on the themes of loss.

The stories in the book are based on her experiences living throughout the northwest.

One particularly emotional reading was about convicted serial killer Cody Legebokoff.

While she does write about Indigenous issues, de Leeuw makes it clear she’s not appropriating Indigenous voices.

She adds it’s important for non-Indigenous people to acknowledge we still live in the shadow of Canada’s colonial past.

De Leeuw is also a professor at the UNBC’s Northern Medical Program, she’s currently working on another book.

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