Written in energetic tones of a college student who tackles tough labour jobs to pay his tuition and travel, this is a tale of a voyage and return. To avoid months of nightshift taxi driving in Vancouver, our narrator ventures to the mysterious archipelago off the coast of BC -- known since 2010 as Haida Gwaii. He becomes involved with the locals, escapes encounters with animals, dallies in intimate affairs, and works dangerous logging jobs. This stuff never makes it into tourism promotions. Unforgettable, surprising characters enrich the fast-paced, humorous writing style as this exotic stage serves up an outrageous cast. Al takes the reader inside the local façade with this vibrant portrayal of life in the freewheeling West Coast community.

DETOURED - coming in September 2017