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Andrew Scott Visits the Lower Mainland


Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010

Andrew Scott will be doing presentations on The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names at the following locations:
Port Moody: Talk and Slideshow on Wednesday April 7th at 7:00pm. The event will take place at the Port Moody Public Library (100 NewPort Drive).

New Westminster: Talk and Slideshow on Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 pm. The event will take place at the New Westminster Public Library (716 6th Avenue).

The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia by Sunshine Coast author Andrew Scott, has been shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, which recognizes books that most contribute to the enjoyment and understanding of British Columbia, and for the BC Booksellers’ Choice Award, which recognizes the book with the most public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. Each award comes with a certificate and a $2,000 cash prize.

Scott is a veteran journalist who has published some 1,000 articles as well as having edited and produced several substantial magazines himself. He has written five previous books including the award-winning Painter, Paddler: The Art and Adventures of Stewart Marshall and Secret Coastline: Journeys and Discoveries Along BC’s Shores. He was also a contributing editor, subject consultant and writer for the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.

Raincoast Place Names is much more than simply a catalogue of name origins because it tells the fascinating stories behind the names and in so doing serves as a history of the region in capsule form. It is also a monumental work, twice the size of Walbran’s and including more than three times as many places. Four thousand entries consider, in intriguing detail, the stories behind over five thousand place names: how they were discovered, who named them and why, and what the names reveal. It describes the original First Nations cultures, the heroics of the 18th-century explorers and fur traders, the gruelling survey and settlement efforts of the 19th century, the lives of colonial officials, missionaries, gold seekers and homesteaders, and the histories of nearly every important vessel to sail or cruise the coast.