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Writing Here  

By W.H. New

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Review Essays

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The Critic in the Rain  

By Robert Bringhurst

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Representing Downtown Eastside Vancouver  

By Dara Culhane

Book Reviews

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Murder in the Monashees: A Mystery

Russell Montgomery, an office worker from Vancouver, has come to the Monashee Mountains for one week in the hope of shooting a mule deer stag. Through his scope, he fixes a buck, seventy-five yards away....

By Jocelyn Smith

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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...

By Gabriele Scardellato

Book Review

Surveying Northern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell

Frank Swannell was a distinguished BC land surveyor whose career in the province extended from 1899, when he came west after completing a two-year course in mining engineering at the School of Practical Science at...

By Fran Gundry

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Danger, Death and Disaster in the Crowsnest Pass Mines, 1902-28

The Crowsnest Pass coal-mining communities serve as the backdrop for Karen Buckley’s study of danger, death, and disaster. Her objective is to examine personal and community responses to death and to “gain a clearer understanding...

By Andrew Yarmie

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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...

By Keith Ralston

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Nationalism from the Margins: Italians in Alberta and British Columbia

According to Patricia Wood, ethnic studies in Canada – or at least the study of Italian immigrants and their descendants – is at best a marginal or fringe activity in the Canadian academy. She complains,...

By Gabriele Scardellato

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Maria Mahoi of the Islands

The history of Native and non-Native interracial relationships and of mixed race communities in British Columbia has been overlooked. I am a mixed race woman from BC and have never had the opportunity to know...

By Michelle La Flamme

Book Review

Atlas of Pacific Salmon

Journalist Timothy Egan once wrote that the Pacific Northwest “is wherever the salmon can get to.” As woefully provincial as he was, Egan unwittingly revealed the absence of an alternative way to regionalize the seven...

By Joseph Taylor

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Vanishing British Columbia

Recently, while speeding along West Broadway on a Number 99 bus, the older gentleman sitting next to me mused that so many buildings have been demolished that young people would soon have no idea of...

By Jill Wade

Book Review

The Arbutus/Madrone Files

PDF – Bringhurst Review Essay, BC Studies 147, Autumn 2005 

By Laurie Ricou



Todd McCallum is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University, where he misses having people with whom to talk about British Columbia.

William New is a poet, critic, and children’s writer. He is the author of such books as A History of Canadian Literature (2nd ed.), Land Sliding, andBorderlands: How We Talk About Canada, and editor of Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. For several years editor of the critical quarterlyCanadian Literature, he is currently Killam University Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His recent books include Grandchild of Empire (on postcolonial irony), a long poem called Underwood Log, and (for children) Dream Helmet.

Dr. Parin Dossa is an Associate Professor of anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Her teaching and research interests include Diaspora and migration with a particular focus on feminist ethnography, aging, health and disability. Her ethnographic research has focused on Muslim women in Canada and on the coast of Kenya. She is the author of Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora and co-producer of two videos: New Voices: Ethnic Elders in Canada and Out of the Shadows: Narratives of Women with Development Disabilities.