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All Possible Worlds

Utopian Experiments in British Columbia

by (author) Justine Brown

New Star Books
Initial publish date
Jan 1995
Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
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British Columbia — the last temperate part of the New World to be mapped — has long conjured up images of Utopia, a word that comes from the Greek "no place." Indeed, utopian experiments started springing up soon after the first European explorers passed through. In All Possible Worlds, Justine Brown explores the attraction BC holds for utopian thinkers. She tells the stories of some of their idealistic communities: Metlakatla; Sointula; the Doukhobor towns in the Kootenays; the strange empires of Brother Twelve and other Gulf Island messiahs; the artist and hippie communes of the Sixties and Seventies; and much more. All Possible Worlds is number 5 in the Transmontanus series.

About the author

Justine Brown was born in Vancouver and grew up in bohemia, living with her mother in a variety of places, including London, Ibiza, New York City, and a Kuper Island, BC commune. A graduate of the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, where she received an M.A. in English Literature, Justine teaches in the Department of English at Langara College, Vancouver. She is the author of All Possible Worlds: Utopian Experiments in British Columbia.

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