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

Return to Clayoquot Sound

September 03rd, 2014

In Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History (Harbour $36.95), Margaret Horsfield, with Ian Kennedy, explores the rich heritage and captivating past of the Vancouver Island regions of Clayoquot Sound and Tofino. Starting with the dramatic geological upheavals of nature, Horsfield delves into the people, events and industries that shaped the area. Horsfield’s most high profile work has been her self-published, bestselling coffee table book and biography called Cougar Annie’s Garden, winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize. It was followed by Voices from the Sound: Chronicles of Clayoquot Sound and Tofino 1899-1929 (Salal Books, 2008), based on long-forgotten letters, diaries and memoirs. “In my research,” she writes, “I unearthed so many obscure documents in so many unlikely locations that at times I felt nearly deafened by all the chatter, all the voices. I met many characters who have become part of my life, and I learned an enormous amount about the underlying social and economic realities of the West Coast. Because the research was so intensive and detailed–and because I am so slow–this book has occupied seven years of my life.” Her collaboration with Kennedy affords an opportunity to refine her preceding research. 978-1-55017-681-0

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