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Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw

In 2013 the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Charles Edenshaw exhibition brought together three argillite platters made in the late 1880s by Da.a. xiigang, Charles Edenshaw – one from the Field Museum in Chicago, one from the...

Review by Martha Black


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In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island

In Nature’s Realm, a third tome from Michael Layland that focuses on the (mostly) colonial histories of Vancouver Island, is an artistic and literary achievement. Layland’s hybrid of chronological and thematic descriptions of Vancouver Island-related...

Review by Nicholas Stanger


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At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

Caroline Fox presents in the guise of an account of her experiences as a field biologist a wonderful memoir of coastal British Columbia.  Onboard the sailboat Achiever, her job was to survey birds from Vancouver Island to...

Review by Stephen Bocking


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Time Travel: Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada

We all remember them. I know that I do. Having spent a summer in my youth washing dishes at Fort Steele heritage town, I remember the wooden boardwalks, the ramshackle buildings, the yellow school buses...

Review by Sean MacPherson


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The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph Gaydos’s book about the Salish Sea, like Beamish and McFarlane’s recent tome on the Strait of Georgia (or North Salish Sea), The Sea Among Us, is a gorgeously illustrated and...

Review by Howard Stewart


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Salmon: A Scientific Memoir

Inspired by John Steinbeck, journalist Jude Isabella combines narrative and knowledge in a well-crafted and informative ode to the Pacific coast. Her accounts of salmon, science and history are drawn from her studies and from...

Review by Stephen Bocking


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The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia

Much of my critique of Beamish and McFarlane’s The Sea Among Us is that familiar reviewer’s refrain: they didn’t write the book that I would have. With the luxury of a dozen different writers, I...

Review by Howard Stewart


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Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670–1870

A Strange and Dangerovs Voyage (1633) was published by command of King Charles I after Thomas James (c.1593-1635) returned from overwintering in James Bay. Dead by 1635, James had nothing to do with the founding...

Review by I.S. MacLaren


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We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia

We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us is an important and long overdue book about contemporary First Nations’ experiences in British Columbia. Using narrative interviews with almost two dozen First Nations peoples, Katherine Palmer...

Review by Sarah Nickel


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The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries

Books that are compilations of papers given at conferences, such as this one, can be rather disjointed, often with only a few chapters of interest to each individual reader. This is an exception to that...

Review by Becky Wigen


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City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

This beautifully illustrated volume introduces readers young and old to the diversity of wild animals that share urban environments with us. Through entertaining anecdotes and compelling and often humorous narrative, Nicholas Read explains where these...

Review by Jennifer Bonnell


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Chicken Poop for the Soul: In Search of Food Sovereignty

Chicken Poop for the Soul is, in part, a personal journal documenting Kristeva Dowling’s quest to take more control of the food she consumes by spending eighteen months growing, foraging, bartering, hunting, and fishing for...

Review by Katherine Dunster


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Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway

The most spectacular and accessible wildlife spectacle in British Columbia is the annual arrival of snow geese on Westham Island. For twenty-five years my office overlooked Reifel Refuge, and flocks of snow geese tumbling out...

Review by Gary Kaiser


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Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Northwest Coast of America

The fourth in a series of historical dictionaries from the Scarecrow Press, Robin Inglis’s Historical Dictionary meets the standard set by its predecessors. In a good, general introduction (there are no citations or notes), Inglis...

Review by I.S. MacLaren


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Valley Sutra

Kuldip Gill’s Valley Sutra is a posthumous volume, assembled by the author shortly before her death in 2009. This vibrant, accessible collection with its “iridescent shimmers” is also divided into two parts, with the author’s...

Review by David Stouck


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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

The Horticultural Society of London demanded that David Douglas (1799-1834), their employee and North American plant hunter, keep a meticulous journal of his travels. Certainly a better field naturalist than author, Douglas refused to let...

Review by David Brownstein


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Up Chute Creek: An Okanagan Idyll

In the early 1970s, Melody Hessing and her husband Jay Lewis bought acreage in the south Okanagan near Naramata. They called their property the Granite Farm. They were idealists, hoping to build a house and...

Review by Theresa Kishkan


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Spirit in the Grass: The Cariboo Chilcotin’s Forgotten Landscape

It is said that, in the old days, you could hear the commotion at Becher’s place as soon as your horse crested the rim of the Prairie. The old stopping house and saloon are gone...

Review by Marie Elliott


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States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century

The publication of Tina Loo’s States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century marks the coming of age of the field of Canadian environmental history. In some respects, this statement may seem over...

Review by Billy Parenteau


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Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson

Like Sheila Watson’s seminal – and quintessentially British Columbian – novel, The Double Hook, F.T. Flahiff’s book takes both its title and its epigraph from a particularly dramatic and thematically relevant moment in its text....

Review by Ginny Ratsoy


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Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes

This book is a self-confessed labour of love, and it took the authors twenty-five years working in their spare time to complete it. Beautifully produced and reasonably priced, it has over 1,700 original colour photographs...

Review by Tony Pitcher


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The Wheel Keeper

In The Wheel Keeper , first-time novelist Robert Pepper-Smith, an instructor at Malaspina University College in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has written an engaging and often enchanting tale that draws heavily on three generations of the...

Review by Gabriele Scardellato