Imagining British Columbia

Edited by: Daniel Francis

The twenty contemporary writers featured in this anthology have one thing in common: a connection to British Columbia, to a specific time, landscape, or community in BC. Their essays and memoirs have been inspired by, or are in some way affected by, the particular “sense of place” that sets that left-hand corner of the country apart from other provinces. Some are humorous? others are poignant. Whether describing a family history in Kitsilano, the difficulties fitting in as an immigrant, or a close encounter with a grizzly bear, these stories communicate a sense of belonging to, or a trying to find, a sense of place.

Some of Canada?s best-known writers, all members of the Federation of BC Writers, are featured in this anthology, including Pauline Holdstock, Harold Rhenisch, George Fetherling, Howie White, Katherine Gordon, and, M.A.C. Farrant. The book features an introduction by editor Daniel Francis, a historian and author of twenty books.


Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis served as the editor for The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, which won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers? Choice Award in B.C. Francis also wrote a definitive biography of Louis Denison Taylor, the newspaper man who served as mayor of Vancouver more times than anyone else. His biography of Taylor, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver, received the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004.


“… the authors compiled in ‘Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory and Place’ don’t hesitate to tackle the more weighty issues. Editor Daniel Francis asked members of the Federation of B.C. Writers to submit stories with ‘a strong sense of place that captures the writer’s connection or setting in B.C,’ from which he selected 20 pieces by contemporary writers that do indeed create a junction between people, place and experience. The result is a mix of older and newer writers offering a blend of memory pieces (B.C. as it was) and current experiences (B.C. as it is) that never fails to fascinate…” ? Monday Magazine


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256 Pages
8.2in * 5.5in * .6in


May 07, 2008


Anvil Press



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