13639 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Madeira Park, BC V0N 2H1, Canada
Howard White studied at Pender Harbour Elementary school.
(When Jim Spilsbury, B.C's most famous pioneer entrepreneu...)
When Jim Spilsbury, B.C's most famous pioneer entrepreneur, teams up with master storyteller and literary craftsman Howard White, the result is a spell-binding romp up and down British Columbia's rugged coast; eighty years of fascinating anecdotes and memories distilled into 190 pages. Jim Spilsbury grew up in a tent on Savary Island, squatting on crown land. His story is one of the classic "rags-to-riches" stories in Canadian history.
(Patrick and the Backhoe is a classic story of decency and...)
Patrick and the Backhoe is a classic story of decency and guts triumphing over arrogance and greed. Patrick lives in a little town on the side of a high mountain. Patrick's mother and father own the town bookstore, and his brother Simon is a bookworm. Patrick can't concentrate on books. The only book he likes is Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. Although no great scholar, Patrick does have a talent with levers and knobs and switches. He likes to take things apart and climb up on things. "Once when he was quite small he learned how to make the door of the car work when Dad was driving, and he fell out on his noggin." Patrick has a special friendship with his Grampa who operates an old backhoe which Patrick loves "because it has more levers and knobs and buttons on it than anything in the world." Occasionally, Patrick is allowed to ride on the backhoe with Grampa. One day it begins to rain and doesn't stop.
Howard White attended Pender Harbour Elementary school and a High school in British Columbia.
In the early 1970s, White started editing the bestselling series Raincoast Chronicles and founded the award-winning book publishing company Harbour Publishing. In 2013 he also became the publisher of the famed Canadian press Douglas & McIntyre. White’s own books include A Hard Man to Beat (biography), The Men There Were Then (poems), Spilsbury’s Coast (biography), The Accidental Airline (biography), Patrick and the Backhoe (children’s), Writing in the Rain (essays) and The Sunshine Coast (travel).
Raincoast Chronicles is the title of both a magazine and book series that White edits and for which he writes historical essays. Started in 1972, it has been a best seller in British Columbia, Canada. The series has given local historians a forum for preserving regional legends and stories about life in the province as it used to be. Former boom towns are examined in the 1987 installation, Raincoast Chronicles: Forgotten Villages of the BC Coast, a collection of twelve stories augmented by photographs. Mollie Hooper remarked in Canadian Materials, that “all of it is interesting and well told“ and deemed the contributors to be “some of British Columbia’s best known local historians.” Raincoast Chronicles Twelve (1990) offers nine stories and a poem, providing accounts of life at sea and in the forests. Writing in Canadian Materials, Donna J. Adrian called the book “marvelously illustrated” and its poetry and prose “fascinating, lively reflections of B.C. life and history.”
In 1990 White published a collection of his own historical essays and poems titled Writing in the Rain, with several of the prose entries culled from Raincoast Chronicles. In both forms, his writings reflect a storytelling-historical focus.
White made a foray into children’s literature with Patrick and the Backhoe (1991). The story tells of a boy who is fascinated by his grandfather’s backhoe. After accidentally doing damage to his neighbor’s house with the beloved machine, Patrick redeems himself by operating the backhoe to save his hometown from a flood.
Howard White has a wife named Mary. They also have two sons, Silas and Patrick.