This is a meandering memoir of growing up along the back roads, orchards and hillsides of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Harrison’s hardy sense of humour, love of adventure and confident voice usher us into a world characterised by fascination and delight with life. He regales with stories about friends, farming, beat-up cars, rousing get-togethers, pets and wildlife, unattainable college girls and home-brewed adventures. You can bet many of these stories have been told once or twice on a back porch on a hot afternoon or next to the wood stove on a cold January evening.
Probing Minds is a treatise on living well and a coming-of-age memoir set against the well-worn landscape of Nova Scotia’s agricultural region. At twenty-six, Harrison has learned a thing or two, but has not lost touch with the best of his earlier exploits. Probing Minds, Salamander Girls and a Dog Named Sally is the product of an unwieldy imagination, thoughtful outlook and Harrison’s refreshing willingness to have a laugh at his own expense.
Harrison Wright was born in Pereaux, Nova Scotia, and raised on his family’s farm. He has a diverse background in engineering, physics and English. He currently works as an apple researcher at the Kentville Research Station, though he can often still be found tilling his family’s fields in the lee of the North Mountain.
Harrison will be in Ontario this week reading in St. Catharine’s on Monday and Tuesday and in Toronto on Friday. Check the publisher’s website for more details.