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Last Dance in Shediac: Memories of Mum, Molly Lamb Bobak

This is a very peculiar book. Although its subject is an artist, the Vancouver-born painter Molly Lamb Bobak, the first female war artist in Canada, there is little about Bobak’s art. Molly Bobak did much more...

Review by Maria Tippett


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Celebration: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Dancing on the Land

Concerned that not all Native Alaskan children had the opportunity to learn their communities’ ancient songs and dances or to participate in traditional ceremony, the fledging Native non-profit Sealaska Heritage Institute decided to hold a...

Review by Karen Duffek


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Switchbacks: Art, Ownership and Nuxalk National Identity

Jennifer Kramer’s book describes some recent negotiations of public representation and the incipient construction of national identity through the disposition of works of art by the Nuxalk people of Bella Coola, British Columbia. This book...

Review by Judith Ostrowitz


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One More Time! The Dal Richards Story

  Local icon Dal Richards passed away on New Year’s Eve 2015. In the tributes that followed and at his memorial, many noted the auspiciousness of his passing. For years, his New Year’s Eve concerts...

Review by Vanessa Colantonio


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Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby’s Letters from Colonial British Columbia, 1858-1863

LAND OF PROMISE is a compilation of of the letters of Robert Burnaby to his family in England. These letters were written between 1858 (the first year of the Fraser River gold rush) and 1863, while...

Review by Penelope Edmonds


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Chasing the Comet: A Scottish Canadian Life

ALTHOUGH HIS NAME does not appear in the tide, this book follows the eventful career of David Cadlow, who was born in Dundrennan, Ayrshire, but spent most of his life contributing to the development of...

Review by Michael Vance


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Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism

The publication of Xiaoping Li’s Voices Rising is a rare literary event, a cause for celebration. Through its analysis of the social and cultural movements of Asian Canada, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, her work...

Review by Anthony Chan


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Harbour City: Nanaimo in Transition, 1920-1967

Nanaimo is a perplexing place for a historian. The city’s elected officials and first Nations leaders often disregard and frequently disdain historical structures. Recently, two buildings that had been listed on the city’s heritage register...

Review by Patrick Dunae


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Reflexive Anthropology on Display: Franz Boas, George Hunt, and the Co-Production of Ethnographic Knowledge

  A portion of an 1897 letter from Franz Boas to Kwagu’ł Chiefs, reproduced in English and Kwak’wala, opens The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology, an exhibition on view...

Review by Christopher T. Green


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Searching for Tao Canyon

Searching for Tao Canyon, the outcome of decades of exploring previously uncharted slot canyons in the American Southwest, is dedicated to the accomplished photographer, glacier geologist, and conservationist Art Twomey, who was instrumental in the...

Review by Andreas Rutkauskas


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Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley

Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley is a collection of memoirs by thirty-two women who came to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in the 1970s. Drawn by an...

Review by Shirley McDonald


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The Old Red Shirt: Pioneer Poets of British Columbia

THE TITLE OF The Old Red Shirt comes from one of the poems that Yvonne Mearns Klan collects in this wonderful book. The poem in question is by Rebecca Gibbs, a black woman who had established...

Review by W.H. New


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Potlatch

George Clutesi is a member of the Tse-shaht band of the Nootka Tribe of Vancouver Island. As a child he was sent to a church-operated residential school where he recalls that he was taught that...

Review by Audrey Hawthorn


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Philip Timm’s Vancouver: 1900-1910

I first met Fred Thirkell in the late 1970s when I ran an antique store in North Vancouver. Fred was a postcard collector, and we played the familiar dance between buyer and seller in the...

Review by Robin Anderson


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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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In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum

In the Spirit of the Ancestors celebrates the Burke Museum’s contemporary Northwest Coast art collection. The writers, four academics and four artists, all have strong ties to this Seattle museum, and the artists featured here...

Review by Alan Hoover


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Creative Margins: Cultural Production in Canadian Suburbs

Alison Bain, an associate professor of geography at York University, begins Creative Margins with David Gordon and Mark Janzen’s assertion that “Canada is a suburban nation (3),” noting that our population, like that of the...

Review by Ginny Ratsoy


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Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation

Rarely does a book cover depict a Canadian athlete with claims to a major role in academic life and advocacy politics, but this is no ordinary cover. The front of Playing for Change depicts young Bruce Kidd,...

Review by PearlAnn Reichwein


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Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom

From the beginning, Aaron Chapman is clear about his intentions for Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historical Commodore Ballroom. The renowned Granville Street concert venue is a place where “The history of...

Review by David Wright


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The Cannibal Spirit

Harry Whitehead’s novel The Cannibal Spirit fictionalizes one of the most important figures in the history of BC anthropology, Franz Boas’s long-time collaborator George Hunt. With many points of reference to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of...

Review by Judith Berman


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Authentic Indians: Episodes of Encounter from the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast

Authentic Indians examines the pressure exerted on a minority to conform to an ideal that the majority defined by another ideal – in short, two abstractions played off one another. Paige Raibmon calls this a...

Review by Brian Dippie


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Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

This generously illustrated exhibition catalogue introduces the work of forty contemporary First Nations artists, ranging from emerging practitioners such as Shawn Hunt and Alano Edzerza to internationally renowned individuals such as Robert Davidson and Susan...

Review by Megan Smetzer


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V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

V6A is a postal code prefix in Vancouver. It is, thus, an artificial geographical space defined by a bureaucracy housed far from V6A itself. It runs from Burrard Inlet south to False Creek and Great...

Review by John Belshaw