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#108 New Iceland in Canada

White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West by Ryan Eyford Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016 $32.95 / 9780774831598 Reviewed by Emma Battell Lowman and Adam J. Barker First published March 24, 2017 * From B.C. pioneer Gilbert Sproat to k.d. lang, in White Settler Reserve historian Ryan Eyford traces the little-known…
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#107 Moodyville, mudflats & Maisie

Where Mountains Meet The Sea: an Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver by Daniel Francis Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2016 $39.95. 9781550177510 Reviewed by Trevor Carolan First Published March 22, 2017 * Daniel Francis, editor of the Encyclopedia of British Columbia and another twenty-four titles, turns his capable hand to local history in…
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#106 Devastation beyond germs

Beyond Germs: Native Depopulation in North America Catherine M. Cameron, Paul Kelton, and Alan C. Swedlund (editors) Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2015 U.S. $29.95  /  9780816535545 Reviewed by Jody Decker First published March 18, 2017 * As a follow-up to Courtney Kirk’s review of Tom Swanky’s controversial The Smallpox War in Nuxalk Territory [See…
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#105 From Aldergrove to Vimy Ridge

Canucks in Khaki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 by Warren Sommer Fort Langley: Legacy Heritage Consultants, 2017 $39.95  /  9780995803701 an extract from the foreword by Mark Forsythe First Published March 16, 2017 * A biting wind whips up from the Douai Plain; stabs of rain push us back…
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#104 Literary greenhorn dads

The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe) by George Bowering and Charles Demers Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 $17.95  /  9781551526621 Reviewed by Christian Fink-Jensen First published March 15, 2017 * Vancouver writers George Bowering, born in 1935, and Charles Demers, born in 1980, had daughters – Thea and Josephine – more…
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#103 Tainted blankets, tainted history

Originally published March 13, 2017 REVIEW: The Smallpox War in Nuxalk Territory by Tom Swanky Surrey: Dragon Heart Enterprises, 2016. $39.95   /  978-1-365-41053-6 Reviewed by Courtney Kirk * In 1862, colonial officials, supported by merchants, surveyors, and road builders, concocted a get-rich-quick scheme to link the coast of B.C. at Bella Coola to the…
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#102 Hockey is an endangered sport

If we are not collectively mindful, Joni Mitchell will have no more rivers to skate away on. It’ll mostly be Canoes Only on the Rideau Canal. Ice hockey could be declared an Endangered Sport. The only ski resorts will be atop of the Alps; Whistler will be for golf. With a catastrophically narcissistic president in…
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#101 The story of a suitcase

ESSAY: The story of a suitcase by Graham Brazier * From the cryptic contents of a stray suitcase that he inherited from a distant relative, Graham Brazier of Denman Island resurrects the otherwise forgotten personal history of Annie Watson (née Edwards, 1883-1966). Annie arrived in Winnipeg in 1910 and settled in Vancouver a few years…
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#100 The hermit of Chemainus

The Ghosts We Know by Sean Karemaker Wolfville, NS: Conundrum Press, 2016 $20.00  /  9781772620030 Reviewed by Michael Kluckner First published March 7, 2017 * In his first book, The Ghosts We Know, Sean Karemaker presents an artist’s recent journey through life on coastal B.C. from the quiet corners of rural Vancouver Island to the…
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#99 Opening the Oscar envelope

First Published March 6, 2017 REVIEW: Oscar of Between: A Memory of Identity and Ideas by Betsy Warland Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press, 2016. $21.95  /  978-1-987915-16-7 Reviewed by Catriona Sandilands * In 2007, Betsy Warland took a birthday trip to London for a range of plays and events, including an exhibition on military camouflage at…
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#98 Early Island attachments

A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland Victoria: TouchWood Editions, 2016 $39.95  /  9781771511773 Reviewed by Robin Fisher First published Mar. 3, 2017 * When I returned to the coast after a decade living on the prairies I settled initially on Vancouver Island. Speaking to a friend who had…
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#97 Getting away with murder

Hell’s History: The United Steelworkers’ Fight to Prevent Workplace Deaths and Injuries from the 1992 Westray Mine Disaster through 2016 by Tom Sandborn Vancouver: United Steelworkers, 2016 9780995843707 Out of print in hard copy but free digital copy available here. Reviewed by Ron Verzuh First published Mar. 1, 2017 * Tom Sandborn’s Hell’s History opens…
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#96 Métis longing and belonging

Belonging Métis by Catherine Richardson (Kinewesquao) Vernon: J. Charlton Publishing, 2016 $30.00  /  9781926476070 Reviewed by Émilie Pigeon First published Feb. 28, 2017 *   Despite being recognized as one of the three Aboriginal peoples of Canada in the Constitution Act of 1982, the Métis remain hard to define. From Vancouver Island to Labrador their…
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#95 Wolfgang meets Emily

I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia by Colin Browne Vancouver: Figure 1, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016 $24.95  /  9781927958780. Reviewed by Elisabeth Otto First published Feb. 27, 2017 * Writer, documentary filmmaker, and cultural historian Colin Browne has…
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#94 Empire of the Cariboo Chilcotin

British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast: A Photographer’s Journey by Chris Harris 108 Mile Ranch: Chris Harris and Country Light Publishing, 2016 $39.95  / 9780986581847 Reviewed by Trevor Marc Hughes First published Feb. 24, 2017 * First photographer Ian McAllister helped identify and preserve The Great Bear Rainforest. Now photographer Chris Harris sees the Chilcotin Ark…
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#93 BC’s naval heritage

Britannia’s Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914 by Barry Gough Victoria: Heritage House, 2016 $29.99 / 9781772031102 Reviewed by Howard Macdonald Stewart First published Feb. 23, 2017 * Readers will know that Barry Gough, British Columbia’s premier naval historian, is equally seadog and landlubber. His torrid pace in retirement has included major…
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#92 Of salmon, herring and abalone

People of the Saltwater: An Ethnography of Git lax m’oon by Charles R. Menzies Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2016 $45.00 (U.S.) / 9780803288089 Reviewed by Robert Muckle First published Feb. 22, 2017 * A pinch of sea salt goes with the territory… In People of the Saltwater, UBC anthropologist Charles Menzies provides an…
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#91 Nurturing postwar feminism

From Left to Right: Maternalism and Women’s Political Activism in Postwar Canada by Brian Thorn Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016 $32.95 /  9780774832090 Reviewed by Lisa Pasolli First published Feb. 19, 2017 * Canadian women, far from being trapped in suburban homes and domesticity in the late 1940s and 1950s, were active across the political spectrum…
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#90 Yellowcake & mass destruction

Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines — A Canadian Story by Patricia Sandberg Surrey: Crackingstone Press, 2016 $24.99 / 9780995202306 Reviewed by Ormsby Review staff First published Feb. 18, 2017 * Sun Dogs and Yellowcake chronicles the short existence of Gunnar Mines, Saskatchewan, between 1952 and the closing of the mine in 1963. Patricia Sandberg…
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#89 Rebels with legal causes

Lawyers’ Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950 by W. Wesley Pue Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016 $75 / 9780774833097 Reviewed by John McLaren First published Feb. 17, 2017 * In Lawyers’ Empire (UBC Press), legal historian Wesley Pue of the UBC law school traces the lives and struggles of the leaders and rebels of the…
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