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Harbour Publishing’s Howard White discusses books he’s written: A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White and The Sunshine Coast: From Gibsons to Powell River, and The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver, which he published, with Joseph Planta.


A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White by Howard White. (Harbour Publishing, 2011)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: A Hard Man to Beat


The Sunshine Coast: From Gibsons to Powell River by Howard White, with photography by Dean van’t Schip. (Harbour Publishing, 2011)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Sunshine Coast


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.

Howard White joins me again. We’re going to talk books with Howard, which is hardly a big surprise, as he’s an accomplished and prize winning author in his own right, as well as, with Mary White, he operates Harbour Publishing. We’ll talk about at least three books now, two that Mr. White has written and that have been re-released with new editions, and a third which he’s published, one we’ve already talked about on the program this past week with Allen Garr, and one that Howard and I spoke about a year ago on the death of the historian Chuck Davis. That book, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver has just been released, and it’s a very fine achievement. There’s a book launch this Tuesday, 06 December 2011 at the Vancouver Public Library. A book that Howard White wrote in 1983 has recently been reissued as part of the Vancouver 125 Legacy Books series. Brad Cran was on the program a couple of months ago to talk about the series, and Howard’s A Hard Man to Beat is one of those books. It’s an oral history that Howard put together with Bill White, a labour leader, historian, shipyard worker, and from this book, in his own voice, a hell of a raconteur. Bill White was a labour leader in the 1940s and ‘50s when shipbuilding was a booming industry on this coast. The book is a history of those times. The other book we’ll discuss is Howard’s second edition of The Sunshine Coast. It’s a very handsome book that’ll make any coffee table look smart what with its wonderful photographs of the scenic 100-mile stretch of BC’s waterfront from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, with Gibsons in the south and Powell River in the north. Dean van’t Schip does the photography for this revised edition. A Hard Man to Beat: The Story of Bill White, and The Sunshine Coast: From Gibsons to Powell River are from Harbour Publishing, who also publish The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver. www.harbourpublishing.com is the website for more. In Madeira Park, on BC’s Sunshine Coast, this day, please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Howard White; Good morning, Mr. White.

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