Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

Speaking in the New Year

January 10, 2018

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A couple of upcoming speaking engagements to tell you about.

First of all, on Thursday, January 25, at the regular meeting of the Vancouver Historical Society, I'll be showing images of and talking about the history of North Vancouver. That's at the Museum of Vancouver at 7:30 pm. (Image of Japanese loggers at Rice Lake, 1905, from North Vancouver Museum & Archives)

Then on Saturday, February 3, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting a fundraiser in the Prohibition Bar at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 6-8 pm. I'll be telling a few stories about the history of prohibition in the city and the province. As well, architect Robert Lemon will be talking about the restoration of this landmark building. Guests are encouraged to wear their best 1920s Jazz Age attire but I think I'll leave my Gatsby costume in the closet.

January 5, 2018

A few weeks ago I recorded an interview with Vancouver CBC radio host Sheryl MacKay for her local weekend show North by Northwest. The occasion for our chat was my recent visit to Ottawa to receive this year's Pierre Berton Award.

The interview, which aired on the Saturday morning before New Years, was a pretty wide-ranging one. You can listen to the podcast here. Our conversation begins at 1 hour 19 mins.

 

January 3, 2018

It is a horrible time of year for book readers. First of all the countless lists of "best books "of the year gone by, published in all the respectable periodicals. All those great books you'll never read. It drives you crazy. Perhaps just a few, you say to yourself, as you scribble down your own, abbreviated listicle of titles. But no sooner do you have a manageable selection than the same periodicals start publishing their rosters of "most promising" books expected out in the coming year,...

December 18, 2017

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December 3, 2017

I've just been down getting my first look at the Polygon Gallery which opened on the waterfront in North Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. The inaugural show inside this gorgeous space is called N. Vancouver and features a collection of photographs, installations and artifacts reflecting the North Vancouver experience.

My favourite piece in the show, because I've recently become interested in the history of squatting, is a large photo by...

November 26, 2017

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A wonderful week in Ottawa included a visit to Parliament Hill to watch question period -- an unedifying experience -- and culminated in the Berton medal ceremony at Rideau Hall, an opportunity to meet the new Governor General. Above, the two of us share a grip 'n grin.

Thanks to Canada's History Society, not just for the award but for all the work it does promoting an...

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