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Happy Holiday!

December 16, 2021

After many (and I mean many) years, the new Museum of North Vancouver has opened near the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue next door to the Shipyards district.

I have not had a chance to visit yet, but plan to do so over the holiday. I urge you to do the same, if for no other reason than to see the refurbished streetcar, full-size, planted in the museum's lobby. But there is much else to see and do. 

In the meantime, the museum's website is featuring an excellent online exhibition about the history of photography on the North Shore.

I'll be back in the New Year. Stay safe and have a happy holiday.

 

 

December 9, 2021

The other day I had an extended conversation with podcaster Sean Graham about the new book. We talked about some of the images outsiders have of Vancouver and some of the themes which are discussed in the book.

If you are interested in listening to that chat, Sean has posted it on his History Slam podcoast at the Active History website...

November 24, 2021

Mark Forsythe, writer and former CBC Radio host, has penned a very nice review of Becoming Vancouver in the latest issue of BC Bookworld.

You can pick up the magazine at convenient locations around the province -- I often get mine on the ferry -- or find it online at the BC Bookworld...

October 17, 2021

The Ormsby Review, Canada's only provincial on-line book review site, has turned five years old.

Named for the pioneering BC historian Margaret Ormsby, the site was the brainchild of its founding editor, Richard Mackie, and his co-conspirator Alan Twigg. Five years after they launched it, Ormsby has published 1250 reviews of books by British Columbia writers and about British Columbian...

October 7, 2021

The new book is out and, I hope, selling briskly. As well, the first reviews are appearing. Here is a very nice one by Patricia Roy on the Ormsby Review website.

Professor Roy has written a great deal about Vancouver, including her own illustrated history published back in 1980. In other words she knows whereof she...

September 16, 2021

For the past couple of years a group of young filmmakers has been hard at work on a documentary series about the history of British Columbia to commemorate the 150th anniversary of 1871, the year the province became a province.

(Full disclosure: I played a very small part in the project, as a consultant and appearing briefly as one of the talking heads.)

The result, a four-part series titled British Columbia: An Untold History, will be premiering on the Knowledge...

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