Writing The “Birth”

OK, so today is the official start date for the writing of “The Birth of Grandview: 1890-1921“.  I am aiming to have it ready for publication in October 2015.

Wish me luck!

Update:  I managed to get about 4 hours of work done on the book today, blocking the chapters, setting formats, that kind of stuff.  Real writing starts tomorrow!

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The Birth of Our Community

At 3pm on Saturday 8th December, the Grandview Heritage Group (GHG) will sponsor an illustrated talk by me on “The Birth of Our Community: Grandview 1890-1915.” It was this quarter-century that turned Commercial Drive and Grandview from a raw forest into one of Vancouver’s primary residential and shopping centres.

The talk will take place at the CFEC Room upstairs at Family Place at the south end of Britannia Community Centre facing Grandview Park (1655 William Street.)

Seats are limited and GHG would welcome a note in advance to grandviewheritage@gmail.com to let them know you will be coming. We will be asking for a $10 donation to assist the work of the GHG.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Review in BC Studies

The prestigious BC Studies has printed a review of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive“, and it is rather good:

“… between both of King’s books, particularly the Encyclopedia, one can easily see a valuable research source for creating feature articles, documentaries, or even historical fiction or film treatments. This is an all-purpose resource that will benefit many in the years to come.”

That the Encyclopedia be a valuable resource for others is exactly the reason I compiled it, so I am happy to see that recognized.

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More History ….

In case you don’t know, Jak King writes a lot of local history at the website of the Grandview Heritage Group.

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The Drive Part Two …

I am beginning to prepare the sequel to my earlier book, “The Drive … To 1956” which will bring the history up to 1999.  If you lived or worked or played on or near Commercial Drive in those years, I’d like to interview you for the new book.

I am scheduling interviews between the end of July and the end of September. Contact me at jakking@shaw.ca and we’ll make arrangements.

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Prepping A Walking Tour

I’m planning to conduct a walking tour of Commercial Drive later this Spring for the benefit of the Grandview Heritage Group; I’m having fun putting it together. 

Please keep in touch with the GHG website for further details.

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New Interview

Spacing Vancouver has today published an interview with me about the books and the history of the Drive.


Hope you enjoy it!

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