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Campbell River Celebrated in New Coffee-Table Book


November 18, 2010

Join author Ian Douglas and photographer Boomer Jerritt as they launch their new book, Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage. After celebrating at a wonderful reception at the Museum at Campbell River on November 16th, the authors will also be appearing at the following locations:

• QUADRA ISLAND--Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm, Book Bonanza will host a slide show and talk with the authors--focussing on the Discovery Islands--at the Quadra Island Community Centre (970 West Road). Doors open at 6:30 pm.
• COMOX--Saturday, December 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, the authors will sign books at Blue Heron Books (1775 Comox Avenue)
• COURTENAY--Friday, December 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the authors will sign books at Coles Books at Driftwood Mall  (2751 Cliffe Avenue)
• CAMPBELL RIVER--Saturday, December 11 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the authors will sign books at Coho Books (1074 Shoppers Row)

Campbell River blends the city’s fascinating history, independent spirit and contemporary life into an engaging story. The informative text by local writer Ian Douglas features the area’s rich First Nations culture--which dates back over 12,000 years--and key pioneers along with modern-day artists, business people and community leaders. We meet Charles Thulin, the founding father of Campbell River, a handlogger from Sweden who came to the area in 1904 and built the town’s first hotel and store; and writer, sport fisher and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown, whose home has become a BC Heritage Site and literary landmark. We explore Mitlenatch Island, a seabird colony and nature reserve nicknamed the “Galapagos of the Strait of Georgia,” and visit majestic Strathcona, BC’s oldest provincial park. We get to know Coast Guard veteran Captain Geoff Saunders, and attend a traditional potlatch with Kwakwaka'wakw elder Daisy Sewid. The book also highlights the people, history and character of the Discovery Islands, including Quadra, Cortes, Marina, Read, Maurelle, Sonora and Rendezvous, as well as Bute and Toba Inlets.

Quadra Island resident and author Ian Douglas interviewed dozens of locals to bring to life the community of Campbell River and the surrounding islands, and award-winning photographer Boomer Jerritt skilfully illustrates the story with memorable photographs of the people, places and wildlife that make this part of Vancouver Island so unique. The result is a special coffee-table book that celebrates the beauty of the region, and the people--past and present--that have made the area the exceptional place it is today.

Ian Douglas is the co-author of Exploring Quadra Island: Heritage Sites and Hiking Trails (with Jeanette Taylor). His work has also been published in Sail, Pacific Yachting, Cottage Magazine and Westcoast Mariner. He lives in Heriot Bay.

Boomer Jerritt is a commercial photographer residing in the Comox Valley. He is also the photographer for the bestselling The Comox Valley: Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Area. Boomer’s images have been published in numerous tourism publications for Vancouver Island and have also appeared in BC Magazine, Westworld, Harrowsmith, BC Business and Douglas Magazine.

For more information about the events, please call Book Bonanza at (250) 285-3665, Blue Heron Books at (250) 339-6111, Coles Books at (250) 897-3622 or Coho Books at (250) 287-2336.