Peter Speers was born in Cranbrook and grew up in East Vancouver. He was educated at the University of Victoria and UBC-Okanagan. He retired to Victoria after a career in Social Work and Disability Services.

Speers' novel, The Peanut Factory (Self-published 2016), takes place in Toronto in the 1960's. The protagonist, young David Wildwood, finds himself unemployed and out of luck. He hitches a ride with a couple of aging socialist intellectuals and ends up on the west coast where his luck begins to turn. This is a gritty and unique coming of age story that arcs through the Dickensian world of new age laborers engaged in converting Vancouver's skid row into what will emerge as trendy Gastown. The Peanut Factory is a skillfully woven tale that captures the passions and politics of the late 1960's while simultaneously engaging the reader in the growing pains of a young man caught in a web of drug dealers, draft dodgers, love, loss and violence.


The Peanut Factory (Self-published 2016) $17.95 9780994910707

[BCBW 2016]