Anakana Schofield – Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

In 1985 New Star published a book called Working Lives Vancouver 1886-1986. Working Lives was a 2 year project undertaken by a collective of nine researchers. I spent some time reading the book yesterday, which I’d describe as sectional. I found the section on the eradiction of Vancouver’s Saloons and the invention of the Liquor Board in  1921 particularly fascinating and amusing. Robert A Campbell who wrote the section in Working Lives has since published a whole book on the topic called Sit down and drink your beer: regulating Vancouver’s beer parlours, 1925-1954. 

I intend to seek it out, but there’s only one copy in the Reference section of the library remaining. The other two have mysterious words like “in process” beside one and lost/damaged beside the other. The good news is someone was reading them and perhaps someone is still reading that same lost copy years later.

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