Kourtney Roy is a Canadian Artist
This is the second episode I have had the opportunity to record with Kourtney. Though our first episode was free with lots of laughter regarding her last book, The Tourist, this episode, while retaining some friendly banter, was underpinned by her investigation of a complicated subject, namely The Highway of Tears in her native Canada. The Highway of Tears is a 700 Kilometer stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia, known for an inordinate amount of murders. Many of these murders since the 1970s have been of women, and in particular, indigenous women and young girls. The road is a treacherous stretch between two cities with a lot of nowhere between. The sparsely populated stretch of road is a conduit used by women and young people to escape the monotony and economic hardship of the area between cities. People use this vein of the highway as an escape route and are found in the deadly snare of male violence and murder.
Throughout the conversation, Kourtney and I spoke about the difficulties associated with such a project and how it differs quite a bit from her regular work methodology. She talked about the need to complete the project and the lives of the people involved within the ample pages of the book, which is already highly placed on my list for the end of the year. Please Tune In.