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NOW AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2022

Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the
California Gold Rush Trail

Russell Wangersky’s great-great grandfather crossed the continent in search of gold in 1849. His name was William Castle Dodge, and he was 22 years old. He wrote a diary of that eventful journey that came into the author’s hands 160 years later. Wangersky decided to follow Dodge’s westward trail across the great bulging middle of America, not in search of gold but something even less likely: that elusive thing called family. 

Interweaving his experiences on the road (by car, accompanied by his wife) with Dodge’s diary account of the long trip by mule and on foot, the author contemplates the human need to hunt for roots and meaning. Both he and Dodge encounter immigrants who risk everything to be somewhere else, while only glimpsing those who are there already and who want to hold onto their claim in the stream of human migration. 

Both profound and at times hilarious, Same Ground is a story about what time washes away and what persists — and what we might find, unexpectedly, if we go looking.

Read a REVIEW in the Miramichi Reader. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LAUNCH OF SAME GROUND

Wed., Oct. 5  7p.m., Saskatoon - McNally Robinson Booksellers & YouTube

Join Russell Wangersky for the hybrid launch (in-person + streaming) of Same Ground: Chasing Family Down the California Gold Rush Trail (ECW Press). With in-conversation host Marina Endicott.

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. 

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NL LAUNCH OF SAME GROUND

Thurs., Nov. 3  6-9 p.m. (TBD), St. John's - Memorial University - Room TBD

Join Russell Wangersky for this return engagement to St. John's for a reading, discussion and signing, hosted by the Literary Press Group. Watch this space for confirmed time and room on Memorial University's St. John's campus.