The Bow Valley of Alberta is a stunning natural and cultural landscape that has been visited and been home to people for thousands of years. Today it is a celebrated mountain playground and a rich ecological wonderland where millions of people vacation each year, and thousands call home. Imagine this Valley will celebrate this landscape, its culture, community, and natural history with essays from some of Canada’s most beloved writers, and many of the Valley’s best story-tellers.

About the Book

Imagine this Valley will be comprised of ~40 essays ranging in length from 1,500 to 3,000 words. Authors will include a wide range of voices from First Nations authors to national figures to locally based writers who are deeply rooted in the history, culture and ecology of the area.

The book will be published by Rocky Mountain Books | RMB in the fall of 2015.

The book will also feature the voices of young people from the region. An essay contest will be held for high school students from Banff and Canmore and two winning essays will be included in the volume.

The royalties from the book will be donated by the authors and RMB to a fund for young people from the Bow Valley who wish to pursue writing as a vocation. An initial $2,000 will be placed in trust for this fund with a qualified foundation and each year, staring in 2015, $500 grants will be given to students who are interested in attending a writing workshop, college, university or who wish to travel to pursue writing.

This book has been a dream for more than a decade. In 1996 I first pitched this project to NeWest Press, long before publishing The Cardinal Divide and the Darkening Archipelago with them. The book never came to fruition, but I never stopped believing that a book that celebrated the Bow Valley, written by people who love it and have a deep relationship with it, was a good idea. Now RMB shares that vision and I am thrilled! Follow me on twitter @stephenlegault or on Facebook for updates.