solo passage: 13 quests, 13 questions
“A poignant and engaging sojourn into the American wilderness.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An immersive chronicle of quests into the wild to find oneself.” — Publisher’s Weekly BookLife
In her search to find healing and meaning in midlife, Glenda Goodrich (“GG”) undertakes a series of wilderness quests into the backcountry of Oregon, Washington, and California to discover what the natural world has to teach her about life, death, happiness, spirituality, and forgiveness.
Her book, Solo Passage, chronicles the sacred ceremonies that connected GG to the land, wove her into nature’s web, and transformed her from a woman who worked to please others into a woman who forged her own path. It is a brilliant collection of adventures; the touch of coyote fur, a snake’s kiss, a ceremonial blood offering; and a profound reflection on the healing and restorative power of nature.
“I wrote this book as a legacy for my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as a pathway for my loved ones to follow and find their way back to their connection with Mother Earth. Through these stories, they can know how one of their ancestors lived, what she loved, and how the seed of wilderness questing was planted in her, took root in her life, and changed how she lived. I wrote this book as encouragement and inspiration for you too. In each of the thirteen questing chapters, I ask a question that arose for me during my journey. I have carried these questions into my life to help me incorporate the gifts I received from each of my quests. If some of these questions resonate with you, take them into your heart and out onto the land. May you go out into the wilderness, lose yourself, and find yourself there too.”
“The earth says much to those who listen.”
Book Events and Appearances
Book Reading + Q&A at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
Saturday, October 14, 2023, 2:00 pm
Book Reading + Q&A + Art Demonstration at Westminster Presbyterian Church Fine Arts Festival, 3737 Liberty Rd. S., Salem, OR
A book reading and demonstration of decoupage art. An art display of memory boxes created after my vision quests will be on display.
Friday, October 13, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Panel Discussion at Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle WA
Discussion topic: “The Primacy of Place in Memoir and Fiction” with GG and two other She Writes Press authors: Terry Repak (What I Learned by Living Elsewhere), and Jacquelyn Tuxill (Whispers from the Valley of the Yak: A Memoir of Coming Full Circle)
Thursday, October 26, 2023, 7:00 pm.
Panel Discussion at Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland OR
Discussion topic: “The Primacy of Place in Memoir and Fiction” with GG and two other She Writes Press authors: Terry Repak (What I Learned by Living Elsewhere), and Sophia Kouidou-Giles (Sophia’s Return: Uncovering My Mother’s Past);
Monday, October 30, 2023, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Book Reading + SoulCollage Imagery Writing Event, Private Residence, Corvallis, OR. RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 3, 2023, 6:30 pm
Book Reading + Q&A Paulina Springs Books, 2532 W Hood Avenue, Sisters, OR
Thursday, November 9, 2023, 6:30 pm
Interviews and Articles relating to Solo Passage
Stories of Salem Featuring a video interview with GG about Solo Passage: 13 Quests, 13 Question
Capital Community Media
Watch the video here
Audio Interview with GG on the Culture Buzz listen here
Excerpt from Solo Passage in Kind Over Matter read here
Author Interview with GG on IndieView read here
Author Q&A with GG on Authors Answers read here
“When Your Book Demands To Be Written, And You’re Not An Author” essay by GG on Women Writers, Women’s Books read here
Willamette Wake Up Radio Interview with GG on KMUZ listen here
Author Q&A with GG on Deborah Kalb blog read here
“Come As You Are” Essay by GG on Living Better 50+ read here
Author Q&A with GG on Women of Wisdom read here
For events and appearances contact GG at email@example.com or:
“An introspective, poignant personal narrative written with raw, animated honesty. This beautifully crafted book is drenched in wonder and wrapped with tenderness. It is a celebration of interconnectedness and belonging, a poetic love letter to nature.”
“Glenda’s honest memoir about her personal wilderness vision quests is a powerful statement about the relevance of this ancient form to those of us in modern life…”
“Glenda Goodrich heads boldly into wild places in search of answers to the kinds of gritty, nagging personal questions that vex many of us… And in this book, she reveals the “answers” she’s found. They are sometimes indirect and sometimes precisely aimed, often mysterious, and always profound…”
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