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Soviet Princeton authors to paint Vancouver Island red

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Soviet Princeton Vancouver Island tour posterReaders of Vancouver & Island (and Gabriola), unite: the authors of Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike will soon be crossing the Salish Sea (in a union-crewed ferry) to share with you the story of anti-Communist hysteria in Depression-era BC.

Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat will share photos, talk about the incredible events depicted in the book — beatings, kidnappings, burning crosses, police violence against striking miners, all occasioned by coal miners simply demanding that the mine owners fulfill their promises — and likely sing a few tunes from the era. (As well as the authors, the pair are musicologists and folk singers). You can check out Jon and Rika’s website for samples of their songs, or read their Vancouver Sun interview about Soviet Princeton. Dates and locations as follows:

Friday, Jan 22nd
Cumberland: Cumberland Museum & Archives2680 Dunsmuir Ave, 6:00 pm

Sunday, Jan. 24th
Gabriola Island: Gabriola Museum, 505 South Rd, after the AGM, which starts at 2:00 pm

Monday, Jan. 25th
Victoria: Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus,  Wilna Thomas Building Rm. 226, 12:30 pm

Monday, Jan. 25th
Nanaimo: Nanaimo Public Library (Harbourfront Branch), 90 Commercial St, 6:00 pm