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“Once a city boy has gone country, does he ever go back again? Mark Leiren-Young hasn’t. Sure he spends time in the city, but when we caught up with the hardworking screenwriter, comedian, playwright and freelancer (who often writes for The Tyee) to talk about his new comic memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen — A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo, Leiren-Young was once again enjoying a rural life.
From his window in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, he can see chickens scratching and a miniature horse grazing. “They’re in the neighbour’s yard,” he says, but so what? He spends half of his time in Maui anyway (“If I say it, it will come true,” he incants after a recent six-month stint there). But don’t think he’s luxuriating in the posh beach resorts of Kaanapali — he’s in the upcountry village of Haiku, where the noise of cattle lowing at the ranch across the road ensure he gets a cowboy’s start to the day.”
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