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Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life

David Stouck has written a remarkable history. More than a biography, it is an encompassing account of a remarkable figure in later modern Canadian and international cultural history. Stouck recovers the spirit and material record...

Review by Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe


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Emily Carr: Collected

Two weeks after Emily Carr’s death on 3 March 1945, former Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris, travelled from his home in Vancouver to Victoria. As the artistic executor of Carr’s estate it fell upon...

Review by Maria Tippett


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No Longer Captives of the Past: The story of a Reconciliation on Erromango

No Longer Captives of the Past is an important book for two reasons. It offers an excellent case study of modern day reconciliation remediating past wrongs, and it reminds us how, in this interconnected world,...

Review by Jean Barman


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Behind the Steam: The Inside Story of the Gastown Steam Clock

With a seemingly permanent cluster of tourists snapping its photo, the Gastown steam clock is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver. Despite its misleading Edwardian appearance (it was built in the...

Review by Lani Russwurm


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In the Mind of a Mountie

T.M. “Scotty” Gardiner’s memoir, In the Mind of a Mountie, fits nicely into the genre of heroic Mountie literature that has enjoyed a popular readership since the late nineteenth century. Gardiner, who served with the...

Review by Bonnie Schmidt


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Company, Crown and Colony: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Territorial Endeavour in Western Canada

In essence, this is a study of governorship, or governorships — Richard Blanshard to Frederick Seymour, with Sir James Douglas as the centrepiece of description. The addition of many charts and tables lend it an...

Review by Barry Gough


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Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada

As recently as forty years ago, Sylvia Van Kirk sat in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives in London and asked a completely new question of the business papers of this iconic and long-standing company: “Where...

Review by Frieda Klippenstein


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The Inverted Pyramid

In 2011, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia celebrated Vancouver’s 125th anniversary with the Vancouver Legacy Book Collection, reissuing ten books that it deemed best representative of British Columbia’s social and literary history....

Review by Sinead Earley


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Pinboy

Pinboy is a tender account of an adolescent penis growing up in the South Okanagan around 1950. Because it is attached to a gawky, bright, funny, boy who loved reading enough to carry cowboy novels...

Review by David Tracey


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Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties

Generation has dominated sixties scholarship since the baby-boomers came of age in the 1960s. Early historical scholarship, often written by those who participated in the events, emphasized a rupture with the past. These writers focused...

Review by Nancy Janovicek


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K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer

Jennifer Kramer’s book K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer was written to accompany the Museum of Anthropology’s 2012 landmark retrospective exhibit about the life and work of the internationally renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug...

Review by Carolyn Butler Palmer


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The Canadian Pacific’s Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The CPR steam years, 1905-1949

While the roundhouses are now mostly silent and only the occasional freight train makes its way up and down the island, the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (E&N) occupies a prominent place in Vancouver Island’s history....

Review by David Hill-Turner


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The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days

Three teams left Halifax in a 3,645-mile pedestrian race to Vancouver in 1921. Amateur sportsman Charles Burkman was first to head west on 17 January, followed a few days later by Jack and Clifford Behan,...

Review by PearlAnn Reichwein


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Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk

As the angry, impetuous, and disobedient stepchild of rock-and-roll, punk has become an increasingly popular topic for academic and popular writers. Yet, as Sam Sutherland’s Perfect Youth demonstrates, Canadian contributions have often gone unnoticed. In...

Review by Eryk Martin


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InJustice Served: The Story of British Columbia’s Italian Enemy Aliens During World War II

Historical redress is a touchy subject and should be handled with care. At root, it is a question about what to address. InJustice Served is funded by the vaguely termed “Community Historical Recognition Program” (CHRP),...

Review by Stephen Fielding


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Investing in Place: Economic Renewal in Northern British Columbia

This book addresses the question of how to bring about sustainable economic and social development in northern British Columbia. It is written from a geographic perspective with influences from policy studies and economics. The authors...

Review by Laura Lamb


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Above the Bush: A Century of Climbing on Vancouver Island, 1912-2012

In 1968, Mike Walsh did a solo ascent of Vancouver Island’s second highest peak, Mount Colonel Foster in Strathcona Park, “without rope or pitons,” an approach he did not recommend to others (67). Reporting on...

Review by Jenny Clayton


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The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

In this app-abundant world, it may not come as a surprise that there are multiple apps that act as reference guides for species identification, so that with the click of a smart mobile device, users...

Review by Rosemary-Claire Collard


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Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967

Always among the more contentious of Canadian public policies, the control of immigration, legal and illegal, is once again on the front burner. Political scientist Christopher Anderson sets himself the task of explaining the broad...

Review by Reg Whitaker


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Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives

Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives celebrates the North Vancouver printmaker and painter’s representations of British Columbia’s sublime mountainous landscape. The book offers an overview of Shives’ career and includes five essays by...

Review by Devon Smither


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Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous-non-Indigenous Relationships

Both the need for and the challenges of strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians have come into stark relief with the emergence of the Idle No More movement. In this context, Lynne Davis’s edited...

Review by Karena Shaw


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Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers

Seeing Red is a tough read. It’s tough because the sheer amount of data gathered from Canadian newspapers ends up, at times, reading like endless lists of information, rather than a coherent narrative, argument, or...

Review by Hadley Friedland