Born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1949, Goody Niosi immigrated to Canada at age five and grew up in Ontario. She worked as a film editor in Vancouver and Toronto until turning to writing her first book, Magnificently Unrepentant, a biography of Merve Wilkinson, at age 49 [See review below.] She combined 17 profiles of recipients of the Order of British Columbia, including Wilkinson, for her second book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (Heritage 2002 $18.95). They also include Rick Hansen, Richard Hunt, Takao Tanabe, Robert Bateman, Grace Elliott-Nielsen, Mel Cooper, Hilda Gregory, Tim Frick, Dr. Roger Tonkin, Geraldine Braak, Dr. Leonel Perra, Juan Acosta, Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy, Ross Purse, Dr. Roger Hayward Rogers and Ric Careless. With photographer Terry Patterson she later published Nanaimo: Rising Tides, Rising Fortunes (Heritage, 2004). Her illustrated celebration of one couple's compatible lives on Vancouver Island is The Romance Continues: The Art and Gardens of Grant Leier and Nixie Barton (Touchwood, 2005).

Born in England, raised in Portugal, Ken Kirkby was transformed as an artist when he lived off the land with the Inuit for four years. Goody Niosi's Ken Kirby: A Painter's Quest for Canada (Libros Libertad $27.95) traces Kirkby's evolution and his successful, ten-year-long completion of his masterwork Isumataq, unveiled as a 25-foot model in Parliament in 1992. The original is 152' long and 12' high. Isumataq is an Inuit word meaning, "An object in the presence of which wisdom might show itself,"; and refers to the man-like monuments of stone called Inuksuit that Inuit have erected as guides and markers of good hunting and fishing. 978-0-9810735-7-6


Magnificently Unrepentant (Heritage, 2001)
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (Heritage 2002)
Nanaimo: The Harbour City (Heritage, 2004)
The Romance Continues: The Art and Gardens of Grant Leier and Nixie Barton (Touch Wood, 2005)
Ken Kirkby: A Painter's Quest for Canada (Libros Libertad, 2009)

[BCBW 2009] "Local History" "Forestry" "Art"