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Peter A. Robson

The journalist and editor Peter A. Robson discusses Raincoast Chronicles 23 (Harbour Publishing, 2015), the latest edition, which he edited, with pieces marking the 40th anniversary of Harbour Publishing, with Joseph Planta.

Raincoast Chronicles 23 edited by Peter A. Robson (Harbour Publishing, 2015).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Raincoast Chronicles 23 [1]

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

In 1972, when Howard and Mary White published the first edition of Raincoast Chronicles, they wanted the publication to ‘put BC character on the record.’ Since then, the unclassifiable journal/serial has been filled with stories of this coast, of its history and folklore, of its poetry, of its lighthouses, fishermen, and First Nations. These books have been bestsellers, and Raincoast Chronicles 23 has just been published. It’s a good one. It’s a double issue, and it brings together 30 pieces celebrating the 40th anniversary of Harbour Publishing. The publishing house that Howard and Mary founded, first published a book in 1974, and this new book is a marvellous sketch of the past 41 years of Harbour. You have fine pieces by great BC writers and personalities folks like Al Purdy, Stephen Hume, Grant Lawrence, Edith Iglauer, Frank White, Eric Nicol, Helen Piddington, Mike McCardell, James Barber, Anne Cameron, and many others. Peter A. Robson edited this edition and he joins me now to talk about what’s in this book, Harbour’s 40 years and his own years of association with Harbour, as well as what’s represented by the work that this terrific publishing house puts out season after season. Peter Robson has authored hundreds of articles and has served as editor for several magazines including Pacific Yachting, Cottage, and Cottage Life West. He’s authored and co-authored a number of books. His website is at www.peterarobson.com [2]. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Peter Robson; Mr. Robson, good morning.