White Rock/ South Surrey CARP Member Releases Book


Angst about Chaotic Life Leads to Birthing of Book


“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

White Rock/South Surrey- Six years ago, when Peace Arch columnist and ZoomerMedia blogger April Lewis’ life was suddenly shaken up like a snow globe, it could have throw her into the arms of cheerless gloom or lifted her into upbeat buoyancy. She had lost her job, her marriage had ended, and her home sold.

Rather than letting gloom bloom, April changed her midlife crisis into a maternity of sorts, and six years later, her first book, Lovingly Arrogant: From Chaos to Contentment was born. The book is a compilation of her Peace Arch News columns and online blogs written because she was not ready to accept early retirement, choosing reinvention instead.

The road to reinvention included April becoming BC Representative for CARP – A New Vision of Aging for Canada, as well as Communications Director for the White Rock Surrey Chapter of the national non-profit organization. CARP advocates for financial security and improved health care for Canadians as we age and plays an active role in the creation of policy and legislation.

Shortly afterwards, the road led to April writing a monthly ‘Zoomer’ column for the award-winning Peace Arch News, and producing and writing for CARP affiliated ZoomerMedia, a global leader in creating information, entertainment and experiences uniquely designed for the world’s largest generation, namely those 50 years old plus.

April believed that even in the midst of midlife changes, opportunity can come knocking. Echoing the lyrics in Anthem, written by Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, she affirmed “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Her book of her personal journey from chaos to contentment includes 74 pieces artfully arranged in 13 chapters from “We Can Do This Without Drugs” to “Love Actually…Reinvented.” It’s an array of midlife musings as a Baby Boomer who is starting over and reinventing herself while considering the minefield of dating, sex and falling in love again.

“It’s going to be another success like Eat, Pray, Love,” says Ramona Kaptyn, Chair of the White Rock Surrey Chapter of CARP. “And the sexy stuff is much better and more cleverly written than Fifty Shades of Grey.”

To read more about April’s book or order a copy of Lovingly Arrogant click here.