War, beavers and cougars covered at next Fat Oyster presentation

Mark Zuehlke, Frances Backhouse and Paula Wilde at the Fanny Bay Hall

The Fat Oyster Reading Series is featuring three award-winning authors inspired by history and natural-history at its next presentation, Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Mark Zuehlke, Frances Backhouse and Paula Wilde will be the featured authors Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Fanny Bay Hall.

Authors’ topics include the Second World War, North American’s history of beavers, and an obsession with cougars.

Zuehlke explores the major campaigns and battles that the Canadian Army participated in during the Second World War in the Canadian Battle Series. He won the Governor General’s Award and Pierre Berton Award in 2014, and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and Lela Common Award for Canadian History in 2007. His most recent book Through Blood and Sweat is about Operation Husky; retracing the steps of soldiers in Sicily.

Backhouse’s just released book, Once They Were Hats, In Search of the Mighty Beaver is a “wild and wily” blending of history, science and natural history. The beaver, a Canadian icon, industriously shaped the North American landscape and ecosystems; then European fur traders arrived. Author of six books, Backhouse won the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for Children of the Klondike, and the 1996 VanCity Book Prize for Women of the Klondike.

Paula Wild’s B.C. bestseller, The Cougar, Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous was shortlisted for the 2014 Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award and won the IndieFab 2013 Book of the Year. The book blends natural history, science, First Nations stories and first person accounts.

This Fat Oyster reading starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Minimum $5 donation at the door. For more information please see the Fanny Bay Hall website at bit.ly/1zHWBGD