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



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

“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

“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 Carr’s refreshingly lyrical style.

~Alyssa Fowler, Downhome Magazine

“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


Sanctuary is a delight to read – serious in parts, sad in others, yet overwhelmingly hopeful and inspiring – a true tribute to the complex, feisty woman who was the driving force behind the internationally acclaimed Mary’s Point Shorebird Reserve on the Bay of Fundy.

~ Leslie Cockburn, Nature Trust of New Brunswick


This important biography is an intelligent and unvarnished tribute to a life well-lived. It succeeds on at least two levels: documenting the story of New Brunswick’s natural world and its conservation and contributing a vital component to the life stories of 20th-century Canadian women.

~ Laurie Glen Norris, Telegraph Journal Salon