Writer tells Texada tales at Laughing Oyster

Hot off the press, Texada Tapestry is an important addition to writings on the history of the B.C. coast.

Hot off the press, Texada Tapestry is an important addition to writings on the history of the B.C. coast.

Texada is the largest island in the Strait of Georgia, rich in limestone and minerals.

Today, a newcomer might think of its idyllic beaches, the Sunday farmers’ market and the reputation of Texada Gold.

But author Heather Harbord has delved into the past of this island, it’s unforgettable characters and the stories of boom and bust, of resiliency and innovation. Humourous anecdotes and archival photographs throughout.

Harbord is a former geology librarian who set off on a world voyage from England in 1963. By boat and road, she explored B.C., Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and neighbouring parts of the U.S. before settling in B.C. in 1977.

She has written four previous books, including Desolation Sound — A History. Harbord lives in Powell River.

Meet Harbord and see her newest book at the Laughing Oyster Bookshop this Saturday from 11 a.m. and noon.

— Laughing Oyster Bookshop