AUTHOR IN THE ROOM: From the lows of depression to mountain peaks

By Contributor
September 30th, 2012

A decision made in a jail cell sets off a compelling journey of self-discovery. A life of drug addiction and crime, forged from a childhood of neglect and abuse, is left behind and a new world opens up: a world of frozen adventure.

Margo Talbot, author of All that Glitters, will be at the Grand Forks and District Public Library on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 discussing her courageous journey.

From the depths of suicidal depression to the pristine but challenging isolation of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes, world-renowned ice climber Margo Talbot’s heartbreaking, unflinchingly honest account takes us on her decades-long spiral into out-of-control anger, through the bleakness of her conversation with death, and ultimately the discovery of the mountains and wild places in which she finds healing.

“The only thing I had to hold onto that was captivating, that I was passionate about, was the sport of ice climbing,” says Margo Talbot, recalling decades of addiction and depression during which her only relief was time spent in nature.

Now in her forties and living in Winlaw, Talbot candidly describes the stark and brutal depths of out-of-control addiction and anger and the bleakness of the conversation with death that was the turning point in dealing with her crippling bouts of depression.

Margo’s unflinchingly honest account of a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect, her descent into depression, addiction, and criminal activity is both heartbreaking and, ultimately, inspiring. Finding redemption and healing through her passion for the outdoors and, in particular, ice climbing, this memoir is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit and the healing force of nature.

The Grand Forks and District Public Library and the Kootenay Library Federation are pleased to offer you this opportunity to meet Margo Talbot.  For more information about her talk call 250-442-3944, or check-out our website at: www.grandforks.bclibrary.ca