General News · 9th June 2019
Bonnie MacDonald for the Cortes Museum and Archives Society presented Cortes Island author Judith Williams this Sunday June 9th at Mansons Hall for a book launch and slide show based on her new book, Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions, Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs, which examines the history of Bute Inlet and traces the remarkable story of the Schnarr family.
Raincoast Chronicles 24 is an impeccably researched and richly illustrated history of Bute Inlet’s pioneering residents, including August Schnarr and his family. Schnarr, a trapper and a logger in the region from 1910 until the 1960s, was also an amateur photographer who faithfully took a Kodak camera on his many expeditions and used it to capture experiences on the family homestead.
To create this fascinating history of these pivotal pioneers, Williams went on research trips to Bute Inlet and the Homathko Valley, conducted interviews and delved into oral history and old diaries. She also used Schnarr’s extensive collection of photos showing life on the remote BC coast—including those of floathouses, log booms, steam donkeys, residents with giant fish catches, boats and pictures documenting August’s daughters with their pet cougars.
This viewer found the presentation entertaining, informative and at times touching. After her talk, Judith signed her books for those who purchased.
Copies of Judith’s new book and her other historical books can be purchased at the Cortes Craftshop in Squirrel Cove every weekend until July, then every day through the Summer.
Bonnie MacDonald introducing Judith Williams
Judith presenting to a packed house
The Younger Daughter and their Pet Cougar, Leo
Judith signing books
Comment by Richard Trueman on 12th June 2019
Hope this clears up some confusion
Comment by Richard Trueman on 10th June 2019
The front picture is one of the Directors of the Cortes Museum, who sponsored the event. Judith had no problem with her sponsor starting off with Judith's other pictures below.
In a way it was proper etiquette to acknowledge the Museums sponsorship and it was my good luck to have her, Bonnie MacDonald, clearly holding the topic of the gathering.
Were you there? It was quite as sensational event with a full house of appreciative fans.
Photo of Judith
Comment by Catriona Vega on 10th June 2019
Love it! Any chance you could move Judith's photo to the top....I was surprised she looked different than I thought, but relised later that was someone else holding her book!