Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

September 2016

September 24, 2016

Next weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) is Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture. 

As part of the festivities I will be presenting an illustrated talk about the history of North Vancouver, the subject of my latest book. It happens at the Community History Centre in Lynn Valley at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct.1) afternoon.

Why not take in Karen Dearlove's walking tour of Old Shaketown first? That departs the History Centre at...

September 19, 2016


When I was a kid one of the only books about British Columbia on the family bookshelves was British Columbia: A History by Margaret Ormsby. I still own it, inherited from my parents and inscribed by the author. From its publication in 1958 (that's the cover of the paperback edition above), Ormsby's book was the definitive one-volume history of...

September 12, 2016

Interesting that this week a group of Vancouver sex trade activists will be unveiling some kind of memorial to one of the most acrimonious episodes in the city's history: the West End "sex wars" of the late 1970s, early 1980s.

The story is told in my book, Red Light Neon. Briefly, once the police wrongheadedly cracked down on prostitution taking place in the relative safety of downtown clubs in 1975, hundreds of sex...