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May 8, 2022

A very nice review of my new book appears in the May issue of Literary Review of Canada

"As Francis skillfully demonstrates," writes reviewer Marisa Grizenko, "the place called Vancouver has always had a rich story -- if you know where to look and to whom to listen." You can read her piece in the pages of the magazine or it is available online at the website.

The review also features another new book about Vancouver, Finding Nothing by Gregory Betts, about the literary avant-garde in the city in the 1960s and 1970s. By coincidence both books were recently shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize, which each year acknowledges some leading scholarly books about British Columbia. A Long Way to Paradise by the late Bob McDonald was also on the list. Betts took home the prize but hey, as they say at the Oscars, I'm happy just to be nominated.

April 14, 2022

I nicked this book from my parents' shelves when I left home back in the Sixties. Don't know why. At the time I had no interest in the subject but I must have known it would come in handy someday, which it has. Anyway, it has stayed with me through many moves.

I was reminded of it when I read Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa...

April 8, 2022

April is National Poetry Month in Canada. Let's celebrate by recalling the Vancouver Poetry Society, one of the earliest arts organizations in the city.

The founding meeting of the VPS took place on the third floor of the Rogers Building downtown on Granville Street on October 21, 1916. It was organized by Dr. Ernest Fewster, physician, theosophist, tireless networker and...

March 14, 2022

Entrepreneur Ben Fox figures he has found a way of recreating online the experience of browsing through a bookstore. He calls it Shepherd.com, where the idea is to put readers in touch with books and authors they might not discover otherwise.

Check out my own page on books...

March 7, 2022

Strolling along Commercial Drive in the weekend sunshine I was pleased to encounter this front window at Pulpfiction. That's me on the top right.

The Drive has become something of a literary precinct with three important independent booksellers in residence: The People's Co-op Bookstore at #1391, Pulpfiction at  #1744 and Spartacus Books at #1983. Plan accordingly.

February 21, 2022

The Ormsby Review has announced that it is changing its name. The five-year-old book review site, originally named as an homage to noted BC historian Margaret Ormsby, is re-branding as The British Columbia Review.

Site editor Richard Mackie explains that the new name more...

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