A big Victoria welcome to Mark Leiren-Young, author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queenand The Greenchain. Mark is this year's 2014 Harry Southam Lecurer in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Victoria.
Barry Gough's From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War will arrive in Victoria in early November. Barry will give a Remembrance Day book signing at Munro's Books in Victoria on Tuesday, November 11 from 1:00-2:30 pm. If you can't make that time, he'll be presenting one week later at Bolen Books, Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 pm.
Vancouver Island in the late nineteenth century was a major port of entry for people from all walks of life. But for many, the sense of hope that had sustained them through rough sea voyages came to an abrupt halt as soon as they reached land. Quarantined is the heart-wrenching true story of the thousands of forgotten people who arrived on our shores only to be felled by disease, in an era when medical care was unsophisticated at best and attitudes toward the poor and the sick were often narrow minded. It is about the struggle to establish a federally funded quarantine station, which, when it was finally established, became as significant and as longstanding as Grosse Ile in Quebec, Lawlor’s Island in Halifax, and Ellis Island in New York.
At its core Quarantined is a cautionary tale about the exploitation of the sick and the results of government neglect and lack of commitment to pressing national health-care issues affecting the poor and disenfranchised. It is a story that has as much relevance today as it did more than a hundred years ago.
George Littlechild was born in Alberta, the son of a Plains Cree mother and a Celtic father, and was raised by foster parents in Edmonton. George has exhibited in galleries around the world, and his art is in several important collections. Many of his paintings are inspired by the Cree concept of Wahkomkanak, which means “our ancestors.” He has also written and illustrated several children’s books, including This Land is My Land, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. He lives in Courtenay, BC.