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Author Launches New Book on Quadra Island

Posted: October 19, 2009

Meet Jeanette Taylor, author of the BC bestseller Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands, who will be launching her new book, The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island, with a series of events in October and November:

The Museum at Campbell River presents a free reception on Wednesday, October 21 from 3:00-6:00pm.
Book Bonanza hosts a slide show presentation and talk at the Quadra Island Community Hall on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm. Admission by donation at the door; proceeds to go to the Community Centre playground fund.
Coho Books in Campbell River presents a slide show and talk on Saturday, November 7 at 4:00pm.
Blue Heron Books in Comox will host a book signing on Saturday, November 14 from 1:00-3:00pm.
Marnie’s Books on Cortes Island will host a slide show presentation and talk at Mansons Hall on Friday, November 20 at 7:30pm.
The Victoria Historical Society hosts a slide show presentation and talk at the James Bay New Horizons Centre in Victoria on Thursday, November 26 at 7:30pm.
Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay  will host a book signing on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00am.

Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands clustered at the northern end of Georgia Strait, is sometimes thought of as an extension of Campbell River, but it has a history of its own that bristles with unforgettable characters and remarkable events.

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: A History of Quadra Island 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 events, email or phone the venues.

Jeanette Taylor was on the curatorial staff for the Museum at Campbell River for nearly twenty years and is the current executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery. Her passion for history, art and coastal life are evident in her books, including River City: A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands, Exploring Quadra Island: Heritage Sites and Hiking Trails and Tidal Passages. Taylor also leads heritage site tours of the Discovery Islands by boat, kayak and bus.