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Barry Gough's From Classroom to Battlefield: Victoria High School and the First World War has arrived. Note these upcoming Vancouver Island events:

  • Thursday, November 27, Mulberry Bush Books, Qualicum Beach, 11:00 am
  • Thursday, November 27, Mulberry Bush Books, Parksville, 2:00 pm

CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television, by Victoria author Diane Dakers, releases on November 23. Diane will give a presentation on the book at Bolen Books on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 pm. 


Sanford Osler, author of Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft That Helped Shape British Columbia, is giving free library talks this fall in the Okanagan, Vancouver and Fraser Valley. View Sanford's schedule of free talks.


A big Victoria welcome to Mark Leiren-Young, author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen and The Greenchain. Mark is this year's 2014 Harry Southam Lecurer in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Victoria.


 Congratulations to Peter Johnson, winner (third place) of the BC Historical Federation  prize for Historical Writing for Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959.


Congratulations to Daphne Sleigh, winner (honourable mention) of the BC Historical Federation prize for Historical Writing for The Artist in the Cloister: The  Life and Works of Father Dunstan Massey.


 

 

 


From Classroom to Battlefield

Author: Barry Gough

In August 1914, Canada found itself jolted from its splendid isolation by the onrush of a European catastrophe. In Victoria, British Columbia, five hundred youth who had been educated at Victoria High School went to war and were forever changed by the experience.

From Classroom to Battlefield follows the experiences of this cohort through the Second Battle of Ypres, when Canadians suffered terribly from the German use of poison gas; the horrors of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Amiens; and, at last, victory at Mons. It weaves Victoria High School’s idealistic hopes into the realities of the pain, suffering, and death in faraway fields of fire, while examining legacies of the conflict at home. This is a poignant book about war, memory, and sacrifice from one of Canada’s preeminent writers of historical nonfiction.

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John Wilson

John Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew up on the Isle of Skye and in Paisley, outside Glasgow. He is the author of over twenty fiction and non-fiction books for young adults. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the Sheila Egoff (BC Book) Prize, the Red Maple Award, the Chocolate Lily Award, the Norma Fleck Award, and the Science in Society Book Award. Learn more at johnwilsonauthor.com.

John Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew up on the Isle of Skye and in Paisley, outside Glasgow. He is the author of over twenty fiction and non-fiction books for young adults. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, the Sheila Egoff (BC Book) Prize, the Red Maple Award, the Chocolate Lily Award, the Norma Fleck Award, and the Science in Society Book Award. Learn more at johnwilsonauthor.com. - See more at: http://heritagehouse.ca/author_details.php?contributor_id_1=3509#sthash.5wiev3j1.dpuf
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