Hometown: Out and About in Victoria's Neighbourhoods

By Anny Scoones

Join liked storyteller Anny Scoones as she units out to find the old fashioned and quirky charms of Victoria, BC. not only a e-book of facts, Hometown is a steady walk via a various sector with a desirable and layered historical past. notice, pause, reflect on, and feature what Anny loves to name a bit imagine at the numerous features and personalities of those parts. think about not just how public artwork, seashore creatures, monuments, history and historic positive factors create a neighbourhood and give a contribution to a bigger urban, but in addition how they make us think, how they circulation us.

Illustrated with a hundred and twenty unique watercolours by way of acclaimed artist Robert Amos, and that includes distinct poems by means of Victorias poet laureate, Janet Rogers, Hometown: Out and approximately in Victorias Neighbourhoods provides Canadas so much livable urban because the locals see it.

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