Synopses & Reviews
A volume of the West Coast's favorite book of history, lore, and backwoods culture, featuring the villages and ghost towns of the coast. There are stories of pioneering at Stillwater, George Draney's fishing and logging at Bella Coola, whaling in the Queen Charlottes and an adventure with a cannon in Lund. Listen to philosophy from Texada Island, and memories of childhood in Clo'oose. Take a 1937 trip on the CPR's Maquinna
from Port Alberni up the west coast of Vancouver Island. And spend a day in Spry Camp, the town that disappeared.
A fascinating mix of prose, poetry, book reviews, artwork and photographs.
BC publishing hasn't been the same since 1972, when Raincoast Chronicles burst on the scene with its funny, fiery depiction of West Coast history and culture. Howard White is still bringing out new issues of the Chronicles that are as popular as ever.
The eleventh issue of "the best source book available on Canada's west coast." (Books in Canada)
About the Author
Howard White was born in 1945 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and his own books include A Hard Man to Beat (bio), The Men There Were Then (poems), Spilsbury's Coast (bio), The Accidental Airline (bio), Patrick and the Backhoe (childrens'), Writing in the Rain (anthology) and The Sunshine Coast (travel). He was awarded the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History in 1989. In 2000, he completed a ten-year project, The Encyclopedia of British Columbia. He has been awarded the Order of BC, the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award and a Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Victoria. In 2007, White was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has twice been runner-up in the Whisky Slough Putty Man Triathlon.
Table of Contents
Stories from the Horseshoe Valley Lillian Bateman
The Fabulous West Coast Al Bloom
Some Childhood Memories of Clo'oose Angela Newitt
Lund: The "Beginning" of the Road Shirley Corbett Lost Villages of Vancouver Island Jean Wallbank
Two Poems Anne Cameron
Minstrel Island Howard White
Hospital Life at Bella Bella Flora C. Moffat
84 Years in Bella Coola: A Conversation With George Draney Barry Brower
Whaling Stations of the Queen Charlottes William Hagelund Dance of the Whales William Hagelund
They Don't Make' Em Anymore Department: Frank Osborne Jim Spilsbury
The Day They Took Our Town Away Alan Oman