Author Archives: Glen Smith

Catherine’s New Books

Hot off the presses! 

Three new titles are being driven to Mill Bay from the bindery even as we speak!  These new titles are a departure from my boating books – they explore the misspent childhood of a young girl named ‘Jessica’ who grew up in Churchill, Manitoba 50 years ago, which coincidentally I did.

The books are strictly fiction, but to be safe, I got my parents to agree to not sue me.
Enjoy Jessica’s antics as she digs through the gravel in her front yard with her mother’s best dessert spoon to replant flowers with a three-foot taproot.  Agonize with her as she worries about what fabric the Hudson Bay Company will put on sale in time for Hallowe’en and her costume,  Mourn with her when her friend is killed by a pack of dogs.

Ever wondered what it was like to grow up in a small Arctic village? Now you know.The books are suggested for 12 and up, but with parental oversight, would be great for younger children as well.

So here they are –

Jessica and the Polar Bear (even the cubs bite!)

Jessica and the Dog (some dogs aren’t friendly)

Jessica and the Plane (some planes land hard)

I’ll be pushing these and my other titles at the Boat Show in Vancouver Feb 6 to 10. John and I will be at the Marine Author’s Booth, and I’ll be making some presentations as well – cooking with nonstandard appliances on a boat (5 pm Feb 7), and ‘Anchoring in the Gulf Islands – tips for the anxious first mate’ (12 pm Feb 6 and 3:15 pm Feb 8)
See you there!

Vancouver Boat Show – Feb 6 to 10, 2019


Library Event – Feb 17th in Duncan – Catherine offers a light read from her latest works

Catherine Dook offers a light read from her latest works. Darling the Gulf Islands Have Moved (or our anchor has drifted) and “Darling, Don’t Try This at Home” – Recipes from Mottle Cove

Sat. February 17th Vancouver Island Regional Library (Cowichan Branch) Duncan BC (All Ages)

Visit Cowichan Culture for more info.

Catherine’s Latest Book! – Darling the Gulf Islands Have Moved (or our anchor has drifted)

Catherine’s Latest Book – Darling the Gulf Islands Have Moved (or our anchor has drifted)

Catherine and John are liveaboards and philosophers, but they are not very good boaters. Enjoy Catherine’s stories about meandering around the Gulf Islands dispensing engine exhaust and blackberry jam, catching mooring buoys and colliding with docks and discovering the meaning of life among the salal and seaweed. Or not.

And enjoy hearing about Catherine’s fish-flavoured and wonderful liveaboard neighbours. Ask, as Catherine does, why George of the Snowy-Beard feeds crows, wonder how to get on Tuula’s soup list and consider how much cast-iron cookware Erik can fit on his float home.

There is satisfaction in boating, and some joy, but only if your anchor doesn’t drag.

Signed copies are available for: $23.00(CAN). Price includes shipping in Canada. or: $22.0 (US). Price includes shipping to US. (price does not include any border charges). To purchase – Contact Me

“Darling, Don’t Try This at Home” – Recipes from Mottle Cove

“Darling, Don’t Try This at Home” – Recipes from Mottle Cove

“Catherine can’t cook. She really can’t.”

So begins Catherine’s culinary journey onboard the s/v Inuksuk. Follow her adventures and musings as, armed with Mrs. Beeton’s Cookery Book, circa 1860, she fights with a diesel oven, experiments with a pressure cooker, finds solace in the comforting arms of a crock pot, learns to light a nautical barbeque and embraces a two-burner hotplate. Only a fool would bake cakes in a crock pot, fry bannock while under way, fight off starlings during a barbeque or try to make vats of blackberry jam with a 1,000 watt burner.

Fortunately, Catherine is not hampered by wisdom.

Enjoy Catherine’s adventures through the challenges of thinned-out volts and finding enough Sears Catalogues to light fires in the diesel fire pot, and appreciate her happiness when, near the end of the book, she achieves the pinnacle of refrigeration.

Will Catherine become a Stepford Wife?

Don’t try this at home.

Back-handed praise for “Darling, Don’t Try This at Home”

“This is one weird cookbook.”
John Dook, husband of the author

“We heard from seagull-lovers as far away as California. You’re fired.”
– Editor, Boat Journal Magazine, 2002

“Please, please, do not try this at home. John is right. This really is one weird cook book, but it is fun to read. Working with it?…Hmm.”
Anthony Dalton, author and editor

“Catherine Dook has surpassed herself with “Darling, Don’t try this at Home”.  Filled with hilarious and wild stories of Catherine’s cooking adventures and misadventures, this is the most readable cookbook ever!!”

– Anne Yeadon-Jones, Co-author Dreamspeaker  Cruising Guides




Book Signing at Volume One Bookstore – August 8

On Saturday, Aug 8, at 11:00, Catherine will be doing a book signing at Volume One Bookstore in Duncan BC.  You are welcome to drop by and say hi!