Jean Walton’s Mudflat Dreaming has been getting some buzz as of late.
In a recent interview on the Commentary with Joseph Planta, the author revealed insight into why she had to tell the story of these communities: “I wanted to write something that would take me back to that period of the 1970s in the suburb of Vancouver (Surrey) and when I was doing that I came across these films that were just gems of windows into that period of time.”
In addition to describing Mudflat Dreaming as “a beautiful book,” commending the author on her ability to draw out the emotional realism of that time, Planta praised Walton for “evoking nostalgia, even the pain of nostalgia sometimes that one feels towards a place that is familiar to them.” Planta described the book in his introduction to their chat as “[o]ne of the more fascinating books out now”.
Have a listen at the entire interview here.
The Georgia Straight recently published an excerpt of the book on their website which has been garnering a lot of attention from those curious at seeing Vancouver in 1970 as it relates to this country’s ongoing housing crisis in the present.
And one more nod came with a mention in the Talk of the Town section of the Vancouver Sun about her recent launch. It’s quite impressive how long the author had been working on the book prior to publication and we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings Jean and Mudflat Dreaming when she returns for more events.