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Whistler Writers

Write on, Whistler

A burgeoning literary community finds voice in the mountains

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Anthony’s writing career has followed an unusual trajectory. He started out as an academic, with a PhD in herpetology (that’s snakes and reptiles for the rest of us), but he had always been very involved in outdoors activities and he had always loved to write. When the confines of academia became simply too restrictive, Anthony leaped at the offer to move to California in 1995 to take on the role of managing editor for Powder Magazine.

Since then, Anthony has written about every possible aspect of the ski world, while at the same time keeping his finger on the pulse of the scientific community. He has had his own show on the Discovery Channel, called In Theor y, an examination and explanation of some of the most important scientific theories of our day. And he has produced numerous science-based documentaries. Now he is involved in launching Canada’s newest national ski publication, Skier .

"It’s a contemporarily-designed, photo-driven, action sport magazine," enthuses Anthony. "It is aimed at filling several voids in the current coverage in Canada."

Anthony will also continue to do his television projects. In fact, Anthony says he has to take on about 30 per cent more projects just to make ends meet in Whistler.

Ah yes! The cost of living factor. That’s something that Stephen Vogler knows all about. Vogler is that unusual creature – a dyed-in-the-wool Whistler local. He moved to Whistler at the age of 12, along with his parents and two siblings. He was in the first graduating class of the old Myrtle Philip elementary school, and then bussed to Pemberton for high school. He is also a writer.

Vogler studied Music and English Lit at university, along with some Creative Writing. He started writing in a journal while travelling around in his teens. His first published work was in that somewhat unorthodox publication, The Whistler Answer. He has also written for The Georgia Straight in Vancouver, and has done commentaries for CBC Radio.

But Vogler is best known locally for his many articles in Pique Newsmagazine . For over four years, Vogler offered his somewhat quirky and occasionally controversial view of the community. Last year, Vogler created a collection of his essays in his self-published book called Whistler Features . The book is available in Whistler and Vancouver, and it is selling quite well.

"I see the book as the culmination of a certain era in my life," muses Vogler. "I’ve said what I wanted to say about Whistler, and now I am moving on."

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