Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative


November 14, 2020

November 13, 2020, 3 p.m.

November 2, 2020

I wrote earlier in this space about Frederick Varley's sojourn in Vancouver, 1926-36. Not long ago I took a stroll to see if I could locate any sites in the city associated with the artist. 

When they arrived in the fall of 1926, the Varley family settled into a rented bungalow on the grounds of a much larger home on...

October 21, 2020

Those generous folks at Harbour Publishing have done us all another favour. They've republished Crawford Killian's classic history of Blacks in British Columbia, Go Do Some Great Thing, which first appeared in 1978.

Not only that, they've made the new, updated edition available online, for free. Just go to knowbc.com...

September 27, 2020

With its most recent issue, Canada's History magazine achieves a notable milestone -- 100 years of continuous publication.

Founded back in 1920 as the Beaver, a staff magazine for the Hudson's Bay Company, it has been independent of the HBC for many years now. It changed to its present name in 2010. I've contributed...

September 22, 2020

The annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes were held over the past weekend in a responsibly distanced manner. My friends at the Ormsby Review have kindly posted the winners, which is a good thing since you'd be hard pressed to find the results in any of the mainstream media. I searched through the local...