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Local author tells all

Author Stephen Vogler joins local photographers to get beneath the covers of Whistler history



Get a local’s take on Whistler’s history, from the community’s fishing resort and ski bum beginnings to the world-class resort it has grown to today, at the book launch of Top of the Pass: Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky Country on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Path Gallery.

“With all attention focusing here (in 2010), I realize there is going to be lots of publications coming out about this place and I know this place as well as anyone else, so it might as well be me,” said author and longtime resident Stephen Vogler.

This will be the local scribe’s second book. His first, self-published book, entitled Whistler Features, was a collection of feature stories he wrote for Pique Newsmagazine . Since its release in 2000 Vogler has kept his pencil sharp and had his work published in the Globe and Mail and Explore Magazine . The father of three has also contributed to CBC Radio’s Ideas, DNTO and Outfront.

None of these accomplishments really prepared him for the blank pages that were to become Top of the Pass — but a lifetime of skiing, raising a family, living in renter’s-ville and contributing to Whistler’s burgeoning arts scene did help him fill in some of that blank space.

Vogler’s 114-paged book is illustrated with the colourful images of photographers Toshi Kawano of Pemberton and Bonny Makarewicz of Whistler. Kawano was the lens behind Tourism Whistler’s “Real Whistler” marketing campaign, and Makarewicz’s photo credit is no stranger to publications all over the world, including the New York Times.

Get beneath the glamour of Whistler Village with Vogler’s new book as he unearths a history of ski bums, squatters, logging, trapping, lakeside fishing lodges and the valley’s deepest layers, the Lil’wat First Nation culture.

Top of the Pass , published by Harbour, will also be launched in Pemberton with an accompanying slide show on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Pony Espresso.

Top of the Pass is available at Armchair Books in Whistler.

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