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Diane Purvey & John Belshaw

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Diane Purvey & John Belshaw

Diane Purvey is the Dean of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the co-editor of Child and Family Welfare in British Columbia: A History (Detselig Press). She is, with John Belshaw, the co-author of both Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia and Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960. She is a contributor to Vancouver Confidential and is a homegrown Vancouverite.


John Belshaw is a writer, professor, consultant, and an award-winning historian. He is the author of several books, including Becoming British Columbia: A Population History, and articles in subTerrain and The Walrus. His current projects include an OpenText on Canadian history and Vancouver Confidential, a collaborative project involving more than a dozen writers, filmmakers, and artists. He is a second-generation Vancouverite.

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