Gerry Truscott, as manager of the Royal BC Museum’s publishing program since 1989, has assembled an impressive array of photos and artwork to accompany historical vignettes for Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC (RBCM $39.95). Free Spirit is an effort to capture the essence of a province, but it also includes a bonus CD called Evergreen Playground, compiled and edited by Dennis J. Duffy, that highlights seven road trips from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. These filmic tracks with over-the-top period narration for tourism purposes recreate the long family car trips on two-lane highways that were de riguer during the W.A.C. Bennett era. Truscott has also incorporated dozens of selections from the Peoples History Project, a collection of personal and family stories, and some amusing ephemera, such as the plaid, provincial tartan jackets worn by all BC liquor store employees in the late 1970s. The BC tartan—now seldom seen due to its Britishness—has five colours: blue for the ocean, white for the dogwood flower, green for the forests, red for the maple leaf and gold for the crown and the sun on the provincial flag.
Born in 1955 in Vancouver, Truscott has remained married since 1978. He and is wife moved to Victoria in 1979 and have lived there ever since. They have three children, all born in Victoria. BC, Canada. Outside of work, he has played competitive men’s ball hockey in Vancouver and Victoria 1976–83 and was a member of the BC championship team (Ex-Park Racers) in 1978 and 1979, fifth in Canada in 1979. He has also played organized recreational soccer in Victoria since 1980s.
BA from University of Victoria 1983, Creative Writing.
Editor at Press Porcépic 1982–89 (managing editor 1984–89).
Co-founded Tesseract Books with Porcépic’s co-owner Ellen Godfrey in 1985 – Canada’s first imprint dedicated solely to science/speculative fiction. (Tesseract Books continues to thrive as an imprint of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Calgary, Alberta.)
Editor and publisher at the Royal BC Museum 1989–present.
Published numerous short stories and articles since 1982 in a variety of journals, magazines and anthologies.
Wrote text for Whales: The Enduring Legacy special (temporary) exhibition at the Royal BC Museum, 1997.
Co-wrote Exhibit Companion (Royal BC Museum 2008) with Victoria author Susan Mayes.
Wrote text for Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC special exhibition (celebrating the 150th anniversary of British Columbia as a colony and province) at the Royal BC Museum, 2008–9.
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC
Tesseracts3 anthology (Press Porcépic /Edge SF&F 1990), co-editor with Candas Jane Dorsey. 978-0-88878-290-8).
Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC (Royal BC Museum 2008). 978-0-7726-5870-8