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The Gold Will Speak For Itself: Peter Leech and Leechtown

Vancouver Island has a distinctive personality among the regions of British Columbia, one that has been shaped in complex ways by geography and history. The books reviewed here vary in their candlepower, but all of...

Review by Patrick Dunae


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The Fur Trade Gamble: North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820

This is not the first nor will be it the last scholarly or non-scholarly work on the North West Company’s ill-fated “Columbia adventure,” an enterprise in frustration for the investors and participants, both by land...

Review by Barry Gough


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Whoever Gives us Bread: The Story of Italians in British Columbia

More than twenty years ago, Gabriele Scardellato lamented the dearth of attention to Italian Canadians living “beyond the frozen wastes” (Scardellato 1989). There have been modest advances since that time, including Patricia K. Wood’s Nationalism...

Review by Stephen Fielding


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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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A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, Labour Leader, Historian, Shipyard Worker, Raconteur

Selected as one of ten Vancouver books reprinted to celebrate the city’s 125th anniversary, A Hard Man to Beat is perhaps even more important now than when it was first published. Then, Bill White’s lively...

Review by Mark Leier


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Xweliqwiya: The Life of a Stó:lō Matriarch

Xweliqwiya is the name carried by Rena Point Bolton among the Steqó:ye Wolf People. It marks an indelible position in the Xwélmexw (Stó:lō) world, relating her to a particular geography, linking her to mythological narratives,...

Review by Leslie Robertson


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The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island

Jeanette Taylor’s history of Quadra Island is a welcome addition to Harbour Publishing’s growing collection of Coast histories. It draws on Taylor’s profound local knowledge of the northern strait and complements her histories of Campbell...

Review by Howard Stewart


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The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia

The publication of Andrew Scott’s The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia in 2009 both commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of Captain John T. Walbran’s British Columbia Coast Names...

Review by Mark Diotte


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Launching History: The Saga of Burrard Dry Dock

IN 1894, ON THE SHORES of False Creek, Alfred “Andy” Wallace began what would become the largest shipbuilding conglomerate on the West Coast of Canada. Specializing in wooden fishing boats, Wallace soon diversified into wooden...

Review by Andrew Hildred


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Edenbank: The Story of a Canadian Pioneer Farm

ALLEN WELLS, who came west from Upper Canada for the gold rush, stayed to farm, establishing Edenbank, one of the earliest and largest farms in the Chilliwack Valley. As new settlers arrived, he encouraged “the...

Review by Morag Maclachlan


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Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

This is the fifth catalogue published in conjunction with a solo art exhibition by Ian Wallace since 2007. It is also the largest and most handsomely designed of the group, the collaborative product of an...

Review by John O'Brian


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The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast

Promoting an upcoming reading of Don Pepper’s A Life on the Water at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Harbour Publishing exclaims: “Here, finally, is a book about commercial salmon fishing through the eyes of a commercial...

Review by Molly Clarkson


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The Ones Who Have to Pay: The Soldiers-Poets of Victoria BC in the Great War 1914-1918

Robert Ratcliffe Taylor’s study of the soldier-poets of the First World War is useful for scholarship and is approachable by a casual reader. Although the tone of this review must be critical, the utility and...

Review by James Gifford


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Masterworks from the Audain Art Museum

This large format book documents many of the significant works in the collection of the newest public art museum in Canada, the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, which opened in March 2016. In Canada, art...

Review by Jon Tupper


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A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World

There is an alternative out there to the globalized world of agribusiness, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and processed packaged food, one based on harvesting and using local, especially wild, foods and re-weaving them into our...

Review by Nancy J. Turner