Michael Layland

How many words is a map worth?

Book shows local cartographic milestones marking progress in our knowledge through the Island’s rich recorded history

The doors open. The past comes alive!

The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island, an informative and fascinating compilation of the early maps of Vancouver Island, will be presented by author Michael Layland on Friday evening, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Campbell River library.

His book shows local cartographic milestones marking progress in our knowledge through the Island’s rich – although comparatively short – recorded history. The accompanying text reveals the motives, constraints, agendas, and intrigues that underpin their making.

“A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words.  How many, then, is a map worth, for it often contains far more information?”  asks Derek Hayes, author of British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas.

This book has been shortlisted for awards including the BC Book Prize: The Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award and will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Come and meet this renowned author, a Royal Engineer, well-known for his historical writing about BC, and a member of numerous British Columbia historical societies.

Maybe he will answer the questions that have been an engima for years. Or, perhaps your own family’s area of origin will become known to you in a new way. This event is free, sponsored by VIRL, funded by Still Water Books and Art and the Writers’ Union of Canada.