Evolution of a B.C. trilogy

“Brett Grubisic’s (left) River Bend Trilogy novels are set in a fictional town on the Fraser River, based on Mission, B.C. where he grew up. Here, we learn other ways the titles are linked.” FULL STORY

Boats in my Blood

January 28th, 2016

At thirteen, pharm Barrie Farrell built his first boat (an eight-foot row boat) using nothing more than an old hammer with one claw, store a dull handsaw and a rusty block plane. Dozens of speedboats, salve work boats and fish boats followed. He later became a pioneer of using fibreglass to give fishermen the ability to move through the water more quickly. His memoir Boats in My Blood (Harbour Publishing, $24.95) recalls his upbringing in Pender Harbour, North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island in the 1940s and 1950s, along with a host of memorable characters. As of 2016, hundreds of his vessels are still seaworthy in Canada and the United States for a wide variety of uses. Barrie Farrell was born in North Vancouver in 1934.  He currently lives in Nanaimo and, at the age of 81, is still working on boats. 978-1-55017-755-8

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