1376 The new British Columbia Review
The new British Columbia Review
by Richard Mackie
As of today, February 10th 2022, The Ormsby Review will be known as The British Columbia Review. This change comes with the strong endorsement of the two Boards that have guided The Ormsby Review through the last several years.
Named after Margaret Anchoretta Ormsby (1909-1996), a giant of twentieth century historical scholarship and the best-known BC historian from the 1950s to the 1990s, The Ormsby Review changed the landscape of book reviewing in British Columbia. It has reviewed books by BC authors and works on the province whatever their genre or topic. We have also published 150 memoirs, essays, and interviews with and about British Columbia and British Columbians. We are still asked, “Who was Margaret Ormsby?” Our new name confirms and reflects the true scope and breadth of our engagement with British Columbia.
A change of this magnitude can’t happen overnight. In the coming weeks I will be working with the indefatigable Shane Birley of Left Right Minds Initiatives to make the necessary changes to the website. Please bear with us while we do so.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the memory of Dr. Ormsby, a family friend and mentor in Coldstream Valley, whose contributions to understanding British Columbia inspired our beginnings, and whose name has served as our banner for five and a half years.
I’d like to think that she herself would approve of this transition to a broad and inclusive new name: we intend to make The British Columbia Review the go-to source of timely and thoughtful reviews of most newly-published books on BC and of commentary on events and issues of importance to this fascinating province.
Thank you, Margaret, for getting us this far!
– Richard Mackie, Editor and Publisher, The British Columbia Review
Board members of The British Columbia Review are Byron Sheardown (president), Joanne Arnott, Daniel Francis, Trevor Marc Hughes, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, LiLynn Wan, and Eldon Yellowhorn (treasurer).
The advisory board of The British Columbia Review consists of Jean Barman, Wade Davis, Robin Fisher, Cole Harris, Hugh Johnston, Kathy Mezei, Patricia Roy, Maria Tippett, and Graeme Wynn.
Provincial Government Patron (since September 2018): Creative BC. Honorary Patron: Yosef Wosk. Scholarly Patron: SFU Graduate Liberal Studies.
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