Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


The peanut factory

May 02nd, 2016

Peter Speers was born in Cranbrook and grew up in East Vancouver. He was educated at the University of Victoria and UBC-Okanagan. He retired to Victoria after a career in Social Work and Disability Services. Speers’ novel, The Peanut Factory (Self-published $17.95), takes place in Toronto in the 1960’s. The protagonist, young David Wildwood, finds himself unemployed and out of luck. He hitches a ride with a couple of aging socialist intellectuals and ends up on the west coast where his luck begins to turn. This is a gritty and unique coming of age story that arcs through the Dickensian world of new age laborers engaged in converting Vancouver’s skid row into what will emerge as trendy Gastown. The Peanut Factory is a skillfully woven tale that captures the passions and politics of the late 1960’s while simultaneously engaging the reader in the growing pains of a young man caught in a web of drug dealers, draft dodgers, love, loss and violence. 9780994910707

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