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The Business of Power: Hydroelectricity in Southeastern British Columbia, 1897-1997

When Jeremy Mouat’s The Business of Power first came out in 1997, both Cominco and West Kootenay Power and Light, the main corporate subjects of Mouat’s book (the latter of which commissioned it), had recently...

Review by Phillip Van Huizen


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Bluebacks and Silver Brights: A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries From Bounty to Plunder

For sixty years the Campbell Avenue fish dock on Burrard Inlet was the hub of Vancouver’s fishing industry, home to numerous fish plants, smokehouses, and floats where the boats tied up. The Safarik family business,...

Review by Kenneth Campbell


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Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver

Feather boas and glamorous stage shows, breast implants and stripper poles: these images of postwar Vancouver nightlife in Burlesque West reflect the contradictory cultural status of striptease. Although striptease was defined by various experts as...

Review by Lara Campbell


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Red Light Neon: A History of Vancouver’s Sex Trade

Prostitution is a complex and politically charged issue that defies simple analysis. Daniel Francis’s new book documents attempts to regulate the sex industry in Vancouver, a city where the subject has occupied a central place...

Review by Dara Culhane


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The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest

Telling the story of the timber wars in the national forests of the Pacific Northwest is a task that has moved from journalism to history, William Dietrich suggests in this 2010 edition of The Final...

Review by Emily Davis


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High Boats: A Century of Salmon Remembered

The commercial salmon fishery has recently inspired a spate of books on the fading of the salmon industry. This volume fits into that literature. Among its special virtues are its basis in a specific area...

Review by Keith Ralston


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The Comox Valley: Courtnay, Comox, Cumberland, and Area

In the publisher’s promotional sheet, this attractive book is described as “an intimate portrait of an incredibly beautiful and special place.” This sense of affection for the region comes across strongly in the course of...

Review by Jamie Morton


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Dreamers and Designers: The Shaping of West Vancouver

Between 2011 and 2016, the population of the District of West Vancouver declined by one half of one percent. In contrast, the population of Metro Vancouver grew 6.5%; even the comparably wealthy West Point Grey...

Review by Peter Hall


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Liquid Gold: Energy Privatization in British Columbia

John Calvert is a professor of political science at Simon Fraser University, but this is not the kind of book one expects from an academic. It presents a conspiracy theory in which the sole purpose...

Review by Mark Jaccard


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Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River

IN CIRCLES WHERE SALMON management gets debated, the Fraser River looms large because it helps drive a neat syllogism, which goes something like this: Columbia River runs imploded because American scientists supported a massive dam-building...

Review by Joseph Taylor


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Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada

Selling Sex draws in many authors who have long been involved in the struggle to decriminalize sex work in Canada. The volume offers chapters written by academics, activists, and sex industry workers. Together they make...

Review by Kevin Walby


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Legacy in Wood: The Wahl Family Boat Builders

For almost half a century, the Wahl family boatyard near Prince Rupert produced high-quality wooden boats for the coastal fishing fleet. Founded by Norwegian immigrant Ed Wahl after the First World War, the boatyard built...

Review by Forrest Pass


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Practical Dreamers: Communitarianism and Co-operatives on Malcolm Island

The Finnish socialist utopian community on Malcolm Island has fared better than most smaller BC com munities in the number of books, articles, theses, and films devoted to the telling of its history. Still, the...

Review by David Breen


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Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie

Every province and state seems to have spawned its own popular literature about those who enforce the law and those who run afoul of it. British Columbia is no exception, but most popular histories of...

Review by Ben Bradley


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Mountain Timber: The Comox Logging Company in the Vancouver Island Mountains

Richard Mackie’s Mountain Timber is the second volume of a projected three-volume history of the Comox Logging and Railway Company’s operations on Vancouver Island. This volume begins c.1927 with the company’s expansion of its steam-powered...

Review by Christopher Hanna


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British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years

James D. Anderson’s British Columbia’s Magnificent Parks: The First 100 Years is a tribute to the first century of the Provincial Park system in BC. This thoroughly researched and richly illustrated history, sensitive to ongoing...

Review by J. Cronin


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Konelīne: our land beautiful

As the language and culture director for the Tahltan Nation and a Tahltan academic, I believe giving voice to our people is crucial. Until recent times, the academy has privileged the voices of settlers and...

Review by Matthew Gartner


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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


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Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism

Shirley McDonald and Bob Barnetson’s edited volume Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activismprovides a unique and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the role farm workers occupy in the complex industrial agriculture system. McDonald and Barnetson...

Review by Nick Fast


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Selling British Columbia: Tourism and Consumer Culture, 1890-1970

In this interesting book, Michael Dawson studies the rise of a tourist economy in British Columbia over the course of the twentieth century. At the heart of the story are loosely related groups of tourist...

Review by Steve Penfold