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Svoboda

Bill Stenson’s Svoboda is a coming-of-age novel set in the West Kootenay during the 1950s. Vasili Saprikin is a Doukhobor who spends most of his earliest years with his mother (a widow) and grandfather in...

Review by Duff Sutherland


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Making Wawa: The Genesis of Chinook Jargon

It is difficult to research and write about the history of British Columbia without coming across snippets of Chinook Jargon. Within living memory, it was the lingua franca in coastal logging camps and salmon canneries,...

Review by Forrest Pass


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Fort St. James and New Caledonia: Where British Columbia Began

Many residents of British Columbia are probably unaware that the settler history of the province began not in the Fraser Valley but in New Caledonia, the north-central interior, a result not of the explorations of...

Review by William Morrison


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Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada

“Wicihitowin” is a Cree word that describes the collective processes involved in helping/sharing with one another, and that is what the eleven First Nations, Métis, and Inuit social work educators across Canada have done with...

Review by Shelly Johnson


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The Trail of 1858: British Columbia’s Gold Rush Past

After the California and Australia gold rushes, the Fraser River rush of 1858 was considered the third great exodus of gold seekers in search of a New El Dorado. At the time, it was said:...

Review by Daniel Marshall


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Finding Ft. George

One challenge of writing a poetry collection that centres around rural life is that the poet is automatically engaged with debates between centre and periphery, between the urban and the rural, and, in the case...

Review by Mark Diotte


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Hills of Silver: The Yukon’s Mighty Keno Hill Mine

Aaro Aho’s book serves several masters. First and foremost, it is the song of Keno Hill and those who prospected, worked, and lived the life of the rich silver-lead mines. Silver ore was first discovered...

Review by Logan Hovis


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Here is Where We Disembark

  In her first novel, Hetty Dorval, Ethel Wilson identifies genius loci, the spirit of place, as both a guardian deity (“an incalculable godling”) and the home-shaping presence of landscape. For poets Clea Roberts and...

Review by David Stouck


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Up-Coast: Forests and Industry on British Columbia’s North Coast. 1870-2005

The southern interior of British Columbia is a landscape woven together by stories, from the geological chronicles of glaciers and mountains to the almost mute presences of kekuli pits, abandoned cabins, and weathered fence lines...

Review by Duff Sutherland


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The Woman in the Trees

The southern interior of British Columbia is a landscape woven together by stories, from the geological chronicles of glaciers and mountains to the almost mute presences of kekuli pits, abandoned cabins, and weathered fence lines...

Review by Theresa Kishkan


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The Reckoning of Boston Jim: A Novel

In the aftermath of the Crimean War, Eugene Augustus Hume resigns his commission. Later, hearing the casual remark that the charge of the Light Brigade was unnecessary, Eugene thinks to himself “The whole war was...

Review by Jocelyn Smith


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Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs

The term “Nikkei” has become prevalent in the last decade or two. Its broad definition is “people of Japanese descent and their descendants,” and includes those of mixed heritage. It assumes they have an interest...

Review by Michiko Ayukawa


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Nature’s Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the Twentieth Century

In Nature’s Northwest, William G. Robbins and Katrine Barber have synthesized a wealth of scholarship on the Greater Northwest, encompassing Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana, and southern British Columbia. The authors track social, economic, political,...

Review by Richard Rajala


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Passing Through Missing Pages: The Intriguing Story of Annie Garland Foster

In the early 1990s, author Frances Welwood agreed to research the life of Annie Garland Foster for a Nelson Museum exhibition, “The Women of Nelson, 1880-1950.” An early woman graduate of the University of New...

Review by Duff Sutherland


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The Uchuck Years: A West Coast Shipping Saga

The Uchuck Years is the tale of how two partners managed to keep a passenger and freight service afloat on Vancouver Island’s West Coast and pass the company on to the next generation. David Esson...

Review by Kenneth Campbell


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Caring and Compassion: A History of the Sisters of St. Ann in Health Care in British Columbia

Today, Mount St. Mary Hospital, an extended care facility in Victoria, is one of the last visible legacies of the Sisters of St. Ann’s contributions to health care in British Columbia. But for more than...

Review by Lisa Pasolli


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Klondike Cattle Drive

Klondike Cattle Drive, Norman Lee’s account of his attempt to “make a few dollars” by driving his cattle north in 1898 to sell beef to the Klondike miners, was first published in 1960. This reprint...

Review by Fran Gundry


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The Good Hope Cannery: Life and Death at a Salmon Cannery

Until post-war technology allowed for the centralization of salmon canning, the industry relied on numerous canneries located close to the fishing grounds. More than 200 canneries were scattered along the BC coast, and apart from...

Review by Kenneth Campbell


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Feeding the Family: 100 Years of Food and Drink in Victoria

Until the later decades of the past century, historical writing was by men, about men, and for men. Narratives of the past made room for a queen, and the odd Laura Secord or Florence Nightingale,...

Review by Christopher Hanna


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These Mysterious People: Shaping History and Archaeology in a Northwest Coast Community

In the summer of 1968, my grandmother would sometimes take my young aunt and uncle to the northern bank of the outflow of the Fraser River to dig for “Indian treasure” at the Marpole Midden....

Review by Madeline Knickerbocker


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The Power of Place, the Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism

Keith Thor Carlson’s book focuses on the relationship between history and identity among the Stó:lō people of the Lower Fraser River between 1780 and 1906. He examines specific events and broad trends to demonstrate how...

Review by Madeline Knickerbocker


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Searching for a Seaport: with the 1870s CPR Explorer Surveyors on the Coast of British Columbia

While researching Surveying Central British Columbia I learned that in the 1920s Frank Swannell found evidence several times of the Canadian Pacific Railway surveys which had been made through the Tweedsmuir and Chilcotin areas a...

Review by Jay Sherwood


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Pioneers of the Pacific Coast: A Chronicle of Sea Rovers and Fur Hunters

Until the later decades of the past century, historical writing was by men, about men, and for men. Narratives of the past made room for a queen, and the odd Laura Secord or Florence Nightingale,...

Review by Chad Reimer