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An Afternoon of Victoria History with Jean Barman, Brenda Clark and Nick Russell


September 9, 2008

Award-winning author Jean Barman will be signing copies of her new book, British Columbia: Spirit of the People, and editors Brenda Clark and Nick Russell will be signing their new book, Victoria Underfoot: Excavating a City’s Secrets, at Munro’s Books (1108 Government Street), on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 pm.

Noted BC historian Jean Barman is the author of six previous books, including the BC bestseller The Remarkable Adventures of Portuguese Joe Silvey and Stanley Park’s Secret, winner of the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize. Barman’s longtime, impassioned pursuit to understand and uncover the history of British Columbia has earned her a position as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Brenda Clark teaches anthropology at Camosun College. She has had the pleasure of working on archaeological sites from Newfoundland to British Columbia over her 30-year career as a bioarchaeologist.

Nick Russell is the winner of numerous heritage awards, and is currently president of the Hallmark Society, speaking for heritage in Victoria’s Capital Regional District.

The text of British Columbia, by Barman, is ambitious in scope. Barman delves into BC’s history and geography as she explores the province, region-by-region. The book looks at the different geographical areas, with sections devoted to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan/Boundary, the Southern Interior, West and East Kootenay, the Central Coast, the Northwest, the Central Interior and the Northeast.

Victoria Underfoot is an unexpected and unusual look into the city underground. A team of British Columbia archaeologists looked everywhere to solve the mysteries down below and they reveal a history of Victoria that will surprise even the most knowledgeable historians.