In Nature’s Realm. Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island, with Michael Layland

November 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
James Bay New Horizons Centre
234 Menzies Street
Victoria Historical Society


In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery Grant Hayter-Menzies 

In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and bought a young Javanese macaque. For the next fteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr’s own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. 

Grant specializes in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant lives in Victoria with his dog Freddie and partner Rudi. 

24 October 2019 Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running Rick James 

Using extensive research, this presentation will tell what rum running was all about on the West Coast. In BC it was relatively civilized, nevertheless the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder. 

Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was short-listed for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia history. 

28 November 2019 In Nature’s Realm; Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island Michael Layland 

Michael Layland will introduce his third book delving into the progression of European knowledge of Vancouver Island. The book celebrates how the diverse local ora and fauna captured the interest of naturalists among the explorers, settlers, and visitors. A life-long amateur naturalist, Michael has combined this interest with his history of exploration and cartography of our island. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing. 

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