In addition to a reading and talk about the book, Rosella also complements her presentations with a free workshop, called “Searching the Past – A Journey of Discovery.” An award-winning author of both non-fiction history and historical fiction, Rosella Leslie uses examples from her own work to offer researching shortcuts and provide tips on getting the most from an interview. She is a true believer in the value of persistence and demonstrates how a simple search for great-aunt Minerva’s birthplace can sometimes lead to surprising discoveries and reveal how world events in the past have affected a life in the present. Audience participation is encouraged, so people are invited to come with their questions and get started on solving their very own history mystery.
The Cougar Lady tells the story of the legendary trapper of Sechelt Inlet:
Every town has its celebrities, but Sechelt’s own unique and larger-than-life personality is wholesome enough to satisfy all of North America’s appetite for eccentrics. Asta Bergliot Solberg, or “Bergie,” as her friends knew her, lived life on her own terms. She climbed wild mountain trails to hunt for goats, demanded car rides from unsuspecting locals, spent a night in the woods wrapped in the skin of a bear she’d shot and thought nothing of rowing twenty-five miles down a dark, windy inlet. With equal ferocity she wrangled cougars, conservation officers and the police, who arrested her for packing
a rifle in town.
In this long-awaited memoir, Rosella Leslie pieces together Bergie’s life story through a collection of interviews, local stories and personal anecdotes. The Cougar Lady: Legendary Trapper of Sechelt Inlet follows Bergie’s life journey, one lived with ferocity and insurmountable fearlessness. Asta Solberg is a true icon of the Sunshine Coast, embodying the irreplaceable and unmistakable vibrancy of Sechelt itself.