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David R. Conn Tours Vancouver Island with Raincoast Chronicles 22

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:10pm

Raincoast Chronicles 22Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles series has been highlighting the people who have defined life on BC’s coast for over forty years. Guest editor David R. Conn is celebrating the release of the 22nd issue of the series—Raincoast Chronicles 22: Saving Salmon, Sailors and Souls: Stories of Service on the BC Coast—with a book tour on Vancouver Island this November. Join David at the following locations:

Victoria – Book signing at Munro’s Books (1108 Government St) on Saturday, November 16 from 2pm to 3pm. For more information contact Munro’s at (250) 382-2464 or

Comox – Book signing at the Comox Library (101-1720 Beaufort Ave) on Monday, November 18 from 10:30am to 11:30am, with books for sale by Blue Heron Books. For more information, contact Blue Heron Books at (250) 339-6111.

Campbell River – Slideshow presentation along with local contributor Constance Kretz, at the Campbell River Library (1240 Shoppers Row) on Monday, November 18 starting at 6:30pm, with books for sale by Coho Books. Constance Kretz’ piece in the book tells stories from the first fifty years at the historic Painter’s Lodge. For more information, contact Coho Books at (250) 287-2336 or

Parksville – Book signing at The Mulberry Bush Bookstore (102 280 Island Hwy E) on Tuesday, November 19 from 10:30am to 11:30am. Fore more information contact the store at 250-248-1193 or

Nanaimo – Book signing at Nanaimo Maps and Charts (8 Church Street) on Tuesday, November 19 from 2pm to 3pm. For more information contact the store at (250) 754-2513.

Raincoast Chronicles 22, gathered by guest editor David R. Conn, is inspired by BC’s service workers—the givers, guardians, helpers and volunteers who have contributed to the making of our region. Conn’s piece in the collection, for instance, recounts the recollections of two novice doctors providing all health services on the Southern Gulf Islands (coroner, dentistry, psychiatry, veterinary and ambulance).

Also included in this issue are: award-winning writer Alan Haig-Brown's remembrance of his days as a deckhand on the haywire crew of a coastal freighter; Peter A. Robson's evocative essay about sitting alone and awake in the forest at night in order to save a threatened sockeye run one fish at a time; as well as stories about how Painter’s Lodge grew from family fish camp to renowned hospitality hub, the golden years of the provincial forestry workboat fleet, and how a team of volunteers managed to create a mountain park on the Sunshine Coast.

Replete with dozens of previously unpublished photographs, this captivating collection is full of memorable characters, laudable deeds and is a valuable contribution to the history of the BC coast.

David R. Conn is a freelance researcher, writer and editor. He worked in coastal shipbuilding, steel fabrication and energy conservation before making a career as a librarian. His poems, reviews and articles have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

The events on David R. Conn’s tour of Vancouver Island are free and all are welcome. They are made possible with assistance from the Canada Council of the Arts.