Author Tags: Advice, Architecture, Crime
In the 1990s, Valerie Green emerged as one of the leading historians of Victoria. Her study of more than 40 heritage houses in the Victoria area, If These Could Talk, includes two of the seven remaining structures designed by the 'grandfather of West Coast architecture', John Wright, who left Victoria in the late 1860s after a brief career in Western Canada's first city. Most of Wright's buildings from his three-decade career in San Francisco in the latter 1800s were destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. Green also includes the first home built in Oak Bay by John Tod in 1850. In her follow-up called If More Walls Could Talk, Valerie Green covered Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island, Duncan and the Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Courtney and District, and Campbell River and the North Island, including homes in Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill. Each home tells of a way of life long past, of people who dwelt within its walls, when and how it was built, or how it is historically significant.
Having raised a family and pursued a career as a freelance writer, columnist, and author of historical books set in the Pacific Northwest, Green has long been at work on a four-generational family saga set in England, Scotland and B.C. She was detoured by the responsibilities of caring for aging parents and produced her memoir Embrace the Journey: A Care-Giver's Story.
DATE OF BIRTH: May 13, 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH: Essex, England.
ARRIVAL IN CANADA: 1968
ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1968
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Secretarial legal
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Above Stairs: Social Life in Upper Class Victoria 1843-1918
Embrace the Journey: A Care-Giver's Story (Stratis Publishing 2008). $14.95
If More Walls Could Talk: Vancouver Island's Houses from the Past (Touchwood Editions, 2004). Illustrated by Lynn Gordon-Findlay.
Legends, Liars & Lawbreakers - Stories from Washington State's Outlawed Past (Altitude Publishing, 2003).
If These Walls Could Talk: Victoria's Houses from the Past (Touchwood Editions, 2001). Illustrations by Lynn Gordon-Findlay.
Upstarts & Outcasts (Touchwood Editions, 2000)
Above Stairs (Sono Nis Press, 1995)
No Ordinary People - Victoria's Mayors Since 1862 (Beach Holme, 1992)
Excelsior - The Story of the Todd Family (Orca Books, 1990)
[BCBW 2008] "Crime" "Architecture" "Advice"