General · 9th October 2009
Author Jeanette Taylor launches her new book, The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island on Wednesday, October 28 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Book Bonanza and Harbour Publishing host this slide show presentation and talk.
In this ground-breaking history, Taylor breathes life into legendary figures like We-Kai, ancestor of the We Wai Kai First Nation; Reginald Pidcock, the crusty potlatch-busting Indian Agent; Helen Bull, the notorious mistress of the Heriot Bay Hotel, who survived a point-blank pistol shot; and “Skookum” Tom Leask, equally feared for his super-human strength and his unstable temper.
The Quadra Story is a labour of love about the author’s home community, the result of decades or research that dates back to her years on the staff of the BC Archives and the Museum of Campbell River. It contains a wealth of detail about coastal life in the days of dugout canoes, Union steamships, salmon canneries and stump-studded homesteads that makes it an essential resource for all history buffs and a rewarding discovery for anyone who appreciates a fascinating read.
For more information about the book launch, phone Book Bonanza at 250-285-3665.