Reviews & Media

Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka

 

“Naturalist, educator, writer, and community activist, Mary Majka has done more to preserve the natural and cultural legacy of the Bay of Fundy than anyone in our time. Sanctuary is an engaging and clear-eyed portrait of her indomitable spirit — a celebration of a courageous life — and an important book.”

~Harry Thurston, author of Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy


Media Interviews/Releases

Radio Interview - CBC Shift with Paul Castle. (search the archive for ‘Mary Majka’) October 1, 2010

Radio Interview – CBC Information Morning with Terry Seguin – 99.5FM
October 11, 2010

Live at 5 CTV Interview with Starr Dobson (note that the video is on Facebook, so you must have a Facebook account to view)  November 17, 2010.

Breakfast TV interview with Heidi Petracek, Tuesday, May 17, 8:15AM on ATV.

Mary Majka and Mary’s Point win the 2010 Phoenix Award for Preservation and Conservation (news release)


Links

Author! Author!, Interview by Sandra Phinney.
Public and Private Sanctuaries of the Heart, by Jodi Delong
Sanctuary, by Deb Colorossi
Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, book review by Joan Czapalay
Finding Sanctuary, by Rhonda Bulmer
Sanctuary tells the Story of Mary Majka, by Leslie Cockburn, the Nature Trust NB
Sanctuary: The book and the place, by Ceci Flanagan-Snow
Atlantic Books Today


Reviews

Deborah interlaces the very facts of Mary’s life and accomplishments with imagery and prose to offer a deeply felt account of not just a woman’s life opened up to the public light but also her spirit and her dreams—surely a gift for her audience. Deborah captures Mary’s life story in a representative range of textures and hues that will allow readers to still draw their own conclusions. She has achieved an important balance between Mary’s own words and the words of others who have known her, to create a genuine yet complex portrait that readers will carry with them long after they have put the book down.

 ~Paula Sarson, Editor

“Deborah Carr’s fabulous biography of the courageous life of one of Canada’s great pioneering environmentalists goes a long way in demonstrating what a single individual can attain through the power of observation, understanding, and the application of findings to move decision-makers and governments on matters of environmental conservation and protection . . . The book is a must-read for everyone, a work that cannot fail to educate, inspire and ignite all of us!”

~David Nettleship, Oceans Association

“Read this book for entertainment, for inspiration and for truth about what it means to be fully human.”

~Joan Czapalay, Director, Nature Canada

“It is no small feat to be able to compress a life as fully lived as Mary Majka’s has been into a readable, entertaining volume. Carr has done an admirable job in collecting up the myriad of threads of Majka’s life and weaving a living history and legacy that is honest without being sycophantic.”

~ Jodi DeLong, Atlantic Books Today

“Mary Majka, long-time resident along the shores of Shepody Bay is a Fundy environmental icon. A fabulous biography of her written by local author Deborah Carr has just been released. If you enjoy a gripping biography, this is a must read. The book covers all of Mary’s life, starting in Poland, surviving WWII, immigrating to Canada, settling near Riverside-Albert in NB, and becoming interested in the mudflats and migratory birds that fly through the area every summer and fall. The chapters on Mary’s contributions to the conservation of the mudflats and the establishment of the Western hemispheric Shorebird Reserve at Mary’s Point are required reading for the avid conservationist. The book is well written, illustrated and researched, and is based in large part on many interviews with the subject herself. The book is highly recommended and will make for a great Xmas present for the birder in your life!”

~Peter Wells, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership

“Spanning both decades and continents, Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka is inspiring and heartwarming. Readers get to tag along with Carr as she visits Majka’s home. From the outset, it is easy to picture yourself sitting alongside the author and Majka on a log bridge in Mary’s Point, with a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy to the south, as Majka lets flow the unedited version of her life story….Majka’s quoted words are woven through the story, complementing the refreshingly lyrical style of Carr.”

~Alyssa Fowler, Downhome Magazine

“From afternoon chats and much research comes the tenderly written and hugely inspiring Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka, a biographical jaunt that takes readers on a journey spanning decades, continents, wars and resettlement.”

~Halifax Chronicle Herald

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