50 Years, 50 Books: Life Lived Like a Story

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2022


As a way to celebrate our anniversary, Acquisitions Editor Randy Schmidt reached out to fifty UBC Press authors and asked them to talk about their favourite UBC Press book. This is what we heard.

Written by Jean Barman

Book cover for Life Lived Like a Story

The most significant and memorable UBC Press title with which I have engaged, and continue to engage, is without a doubt, Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders by Julie Cruikshank. Published in 1991, the book appeared at a time when I, like many others, was struggling with the difficult issue as to how, as a non-Indigenous person, to write both respectfully and critically about Indigenous topics, and in particular about Indigenous women. The book remains into the present day my model for doing so.

Jean Barman is a nationally recognized historian and author, and a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of the 2014 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize, the 2004 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for best book on British Columbia history, and numerous other honours and awards. She is the author or editor of many books, including French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest (UBC Press, 2015).

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