Join author Jean Walton at three exciting events this month when the author returns to Vancouver to discuss Mudflat Dreaming .
“I look forward to talking about what it means to live “in suspension”-—that is, suspended above the tidal waters, but also “in suspension” about whether you will be evicted from your home,” Walton remarks. “This is something that I think continues to haunt Vancouver today.”
The book, which traverses the intersecting domains of activist and documentary film, waterfront environmentalism, as well as urban land use, was recently reviewed by BC Studies, a snippet of which appears below:
“It’s appropriate that a book about a city often referred to as “Hollywood North” should ground itself in close readings of film and the visual signatures of place they contain. Two of these films, Livin’ On the Mud and Mudflats Living, were made to document the lives of inhabitants of the Maplewood Mudflats. The other film, Some People Have to Suffer, documents the grievances of the working-class residents of Bridgeview and their problems accessing services and infrastructure. This latter film was a product of a fascinating National Film Board program, “Challenge for Change,” an initiative that empowered underrepresented communities to produce films—a government-sponsored foray into media activism. Though blue collar suburbs and floating counterculture villages may seem dissimilar, Walton shows how they shared more than one might expect, emerging through the same historical processes and social and geographic context.”
Thursday, April 25, 7:30p.m. Vancouver Historical Society (110 Chesnut Street, Vancouver)
“Waterfront Battles and the Squatters who Fought Them in 1970s Vancouver”
All lecture events are free (admission by donation), open to the public, and take place at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street
Friday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive. (Room 405) “Some People Had to Suffer: Riverfront Activism ‘Down on the Flats’ in 1970s Surrey”
Jean Walton reads from Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles and the Squatters who Fought Them in 1970s Vancouver (New Star Books, 2018). This book tells the story of hippie squatters on the North Shore of Vancouver and working class residents in Surrey’s riverside neighborhood of Bridgeview who came to feel like “squatters,” always on the verge of eviction. This reading will focus on suburban land use on a volatile flood plain, welfare and youth programs, NFB film activism, and Scrapyard Art in Surrey of the 1970s.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30p.m.People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C. Join Jean Walton for a reading and book signing.
Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles and the Squatters Who Fought Them in 1970s Vancouver by Jean Walton (Transmontanus, 204 pages, ISBN: 9781554201495).
Listen to Jean Walton discuss her new book on The Commentary