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The journalist and commentator Allen Garr talks to Joseph Planta about the late historian and author Chuck Davis’s final book: The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Publishing, 2011); they also discuss the recent municipal election.

The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver by Chuck Davis. (Harbour Publishing, 2011)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

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

Last year when the author and historian Chuck Davis died, I hosted a bit of a tribute program with guests Alan Twigg, Sam Sullivan, and David Berner. Harbour Publishing’s Howard White was also on, and we talked about this book that Davis was working on, and about the work that White along with so many others were doing to help get the thing published. Well, that book is out now, and like Chuck Davis, it’s ‘fun, fat, and full of facts.’ The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver is a very fine achievement. After getting it a few weeks ago, I haven’t stopped going to it, looking at it, flipping through it, spending hours at a time reading up on the stories and anecdotes contained therein. It’s a book that many people will be looking at literally the rest of their life. It’s a towering achievement. Joining me now to talk about the book is someone who was instrumental in getting it to press, Chuck’s friend, the journalist Allen Garr. There will be a public book launch Tuesday, 06 December 2011 at the Vancouver Public Library, that’s at 7.00pm. Allen Garr’s column is read weekly in the Vancouver Courier, and he was last on during his campaign for a seat on the Vancity board. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Allen Garr; Good morning, Mr. Garr.