Reading from Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear at WORD Vancouver, September 25, 2016
Preface to Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear, previously published as The Bears
At a time of great upheaval in my personal life, the Pacific Northwest coast of British Columbia was under direct and imminent environmental threat. I decided to do something I had always wanted to do: write a book. Impatient to hold a physical book that I had written, I hastily self-published The Bears in December, 2012.
Any musician will tell you not to practice in public. As a music teacher, I might have carried this advice across artistic disciplines. In spite of rushing to publish The Bears, the book gathered a small but enthusiastic audience.
Other writing projects followed. Two young adult adventure manuscripts, the Sarah Spellings stories, are available to read on Wattpad. I met other writers, attended a writer’s circle, and studied the bones of writing.
In the summer of 2016 I was invited to read from The Bears at WORD Vancouver, a festival of writing in all forms, promoting literacy and reading. I hadn’t picked up a copy of The Bears since it was published. I recognized the story, but it was as though a stranger had written it. I revised the manuscript. The title had always been problematic; everyone thought it was a children’s book. Friend and poet Suzanne M. Steele suggested Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear.
I send this story back out into the world, and hope it makes more friends.
We are very excited to announce the upcoming publication of Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear, previously published as The Bears, the first novel from writer Katie Welch, via the Amazon.com CreateSpace independent authoring system. Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear will be available for purchase via Amazon.
When a terrible oil spill occurs in British Columbia due to a ruptured pipeline, the ensuing environmental disaster provides an immediate crisis for activist Gilbert Crow, arctic researcher Anne McCraig, and a young idealist named Jonathan Fuhrenmann. When they converge on the embattled community at the heart of the crisis, their desperate attempts to save the bears that they love will forge their beliefs in lasting and profound ways. A race against time, this passionate and spiritual journey leads them on a path that forever cements in their hearts a new morality for an anthropocentric planet.
Ursocrypha takes readers on a spiritual and environmental journey through the parallel stories of the human protagonists and their bear counterparts. The bears’ mythological stories, beliefs, and backgrounds are mixed in with the human plot and are integral to its growth and development. Taking a unique and spiritual route to addressing the morality and concerns in humanity’s multiple threats to nature, Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear is a dramatic and fulfilling story that keeps readers mentally and spiritually engaged until the very end.
Watch this site for more news soon on additional book launch events!
The cover art and inside cover art are hand-painted by Dylan Stinson of Kamloops, BC.
Dylan Stinson is an artist who creates, lives and works in Kamloops. He painted these striking dream-images for Ursocrypha: The Book of Bear after reading just the first few chapters of Welch’s novel. He enjoys hurtling down steep inclines on wheels and waxed boards. His artwork includes painting, pottery, sculpture, and t-shirt design.