Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative


November 13, 2014

The West Vancouver Historical Society has invited me to speak on one of my favourite subjects, Vancouver mayor Louis Taylor. I thought I'd consider Taylor's three near-death experiences -- political and mortal -- and the impact they had on his long career.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 19, at the West Van Seniors Centre, 695 Twenty-First Street in West Vancouver. Start time is 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

November 6, 2014

Last week BC Premier Christy Clark turned historian when she addressed the provincial legislature to forge "a new path of mutual respect" with the Tsilhqot'in First Nation. To this end the Premier acknowledged and apologized for "the many wrongs inflicted by past governments." Specifically she was referring to the so-called "Chilcotin War" which led in 1864 to the trial and public execution of six Tsilhqot'in men. They were warriors, not criminals, said Premier Clark; they were defending...

October 23, 2014


Green Leaf Brewing is a micro-brewery in Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The folks there have invited me to talk about prohibition and my book Closing Time. A perfect match, beer and prohibition.

Join us at the brewery on Tuesday, November 4, at 8 p.m. Enjoy a beer and learn a little Canadian history.

October 16, 2014

My interview about Closing Time with Joe Planta is now online at Joe's website, thecommentary.ca.

If you are not familiar with Joe's site, I encourage you to spend some time there. He has an archive of interviews with just about every writer you can imagine. 

October 12, 2014

Next week finds me winging my way eastward to Toronto where I am fortunate to be showcasing my book Closing Time at one of Ben McNally's Authors' Brunches next Sunday (Oct. 19).

I'll be alongside Brian Little, a psychologist with a new book about personality, and Catherine Gildiner, the memoirist and novelist, both of whom are hugely entertaining speakers. As if...