The River “is less … an exploration of the river than it is an exploration of Humphreys’ experience of the river….To read it is to float downstream on Humphreys’ words… fully immersed in the world, catching glimpses of wonder around and below.” This is how Robert Wiersema described Helen Humphreys’ most recent book in the Toronto Star.
For more than a decade, Helen has owned a small waterside property on a section of the Napanee River. Over that time she has catalogued the river’s ebb and flow, the plants and creatures that live in and around it. A work of startling originality, The River is a moving meditation that combines fiction, non-fiction, natural history, archival maps and images, and stunning full-colour photographs.
Helen has a long list of accolades for her thirteen books. Her memoir, Nocturne: On the Life and Death of My Brother, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award; Coventry was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. She has also received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence.
Named Kingston’s poet laureate for a four-year term, Helen has long been a leading light and generous mentor within the city’s vibrant writing community, and beyond.
Born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, she has lived in Kingston for eighteen years and has a riverside country property near Bellrock.
Appearing in: 24. The Garden and the River: Meditations on Landscape