Terry Glavin – Canada

Terry Glavin (born 1955) is a Canadian author and journalist. Born in the United Kingdom to Irish parents, he emigrated to Canada in 1957. Glavin has worked as a journalist and columnist for The Daily Columbian, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, and The Georgia Straight. Glavin’s writing covers a wide range of regional and global topics from natural history and anthropology to current politics. His first book, A Death Feast in Dimlahamid (1990), dealt with the struggles of the Gitksan and Wet’suwe’ten peoples, drawing on an account of the oral traditions of Dimlahamid, also known as Temlaham, (sorry, this link leads to Gispwudwada) an ancient city said to have existed in that region. His second book, Nemiah: The Unconquered Country (1992), a cultural and historical account of British Columbia’s Chilcotin District, included some of the Tsilhqot’in people’s perspective on the Chilcotin War of 1864. Among his best known works is The Last Great Sea: A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean (2000), which was nominated for the Bill Duthie Prize and the Roderick Haig-Brown Prize, and was the winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. In 2006, Glavin came under fire from some progressives and from anti-war activists for a Georgia Straight column in which he had expressed support of the American and Israeli positions in the July 2006 invasion of Lebanon. He is also a signatory of the Euston Manifesto … (full text).

… His several books traverse anthropology, natural history and cultural geography. They include A Death Feast in Dimlahamid, This Ragged Place and The Last Great Sea: A Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean. His latest book is Waiting for the Macaws (and Other Stories from the Age of Extinctions), which argues that environmentalism is inadequate to the task of accounting for the global vanishing of animals, plants and languages. Terry is the editor of Transmontanus, an imprint of New Star Books; he teaches part-time at the University of British Columbia … (full text).


Terry Glavin – Canada

His blog: Terry Clavin, Chronicles and Dissent.

A Day In The Life of Tylere Couture: Soldier, Activist, And Fellow CASC Member, July 11, 2008; followed by ‘An Excellent Sad Post from Terry Glavin’: Terry Glavin’s frustrations with former allies gets some pretty clear expression in this post … (full text, Aug 13, 2008).

The video: Terry Glavin-Waiting for the Macaws-author interview, 6.27 min, Feb 28, 2007.

Audio-Interview with Terry Glavin, April 13, 2006 (click on listen).

He writes: To say what we think without fear of repercussion, to walk down the streets without fear … it is our responsibility to spread this freedom all around us, and around the world. Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean, Canada Day, 2007 Nikolai Tsyrempilov can’t say what he thinks without fear of repercussion. He can’t walk down the street without fear. He would like Canada, and other western democracies, to do something about it. I recently met Mr. Tsyrempilov in Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryatia, an impoverished Russian republic of about a million people that shares a border, a language, a Buddhist heritage and a great deal of history with Mongolia … (full text, July 12, 2007).

Inside The Cult That Runs The “Mobilization Against War and Occupation”: Part II, February 07, 2008.

He writes also: Things started at a July 18 demonstration in Montreal, when a small group of young Lebanese showed up with a sign that read “Peace for Lebanon and Israel”. They were shouted at and shoved around and driven off. Their sign was torn up. The event then proceeded, with people carrying placards that bore the flag of the fascist organization Hezbollah and pictures of Hezbollah’s rabidly anti-Semitic leader, Hassan Nasrallah. Before the month was out, you could fairly mark July 2006 as one of the most squalid months in the history of the “left” in Canada … (full text, August 3, 2006).

Canadian Member of Parliament “medal” for Terry Glavin, May 13, 2008.

He knows: “We have figured out ways to colonize every ecological niche on earth. We will survive. So there’s hope”, (in The Lost & Left Behind).

Photos from Day 20, Terry Glavin + Fred Bass speak to CUPE 391 Vancouver City Library Workers Strike, (Photos taken on 01 jan 1980).

He claims: We are living in a time of loss, claims Canadian journalist Terry Glavin. A ‘sixth great extinction’ is upon us, during which one animal species perishes every 10 minutes. Languages and traditions are also disappearing fast. Glavin discusses this bleak picture at Millers Academy of Arts and Science on 22 October. The talk is not without optimism, however, as Glavin ‘uncovers the hidden story of a long human struggle to conserve the living things in the world, and finds hope in unexpected places’. (on talks of the town, Oct. 22, 2007).

Does our library know there’s another word for anti-Semitism? February 12, 2008.

Review of Terry Glavin ‘The Lost & Left Behind: stories from the age of extinction’ 2007: This is one of those very few books that sit right in the hand – a few pages in, and the strength of the writing coupled with the clear message of the book, grip a reader, and the synergy of the authors words coursing through the reader has begun. In this case, Glavin, a Canadian journalist, blogger, author and professor of creative writing, has hit on the most urgent topic – extinctions: of species, habitats, languages, tribes, beliefs, stories …. that really should fire up our bellies and get us all responding … (full text, March 23, 2008).

Terry Glavin is in the building, by Jura Watchmaker, 27 October 2007.

Find him and his publications on earthplatform.com; on amazon; on wikipedia /Bibliography; on wikio; on UN jobs; on goodreads; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.


The blog: GungHaggisFatChoy, Asian-Canadian adventures … ;

Irwin Cotler Joins Shoaib Choudhury’s Defence, December 8, 2006; l

the blog: Dawg’s Blawg, News, Views and important rumours.

Homepage of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee;

The New “Antifascist”: Far-Right Weirdo, 911 Truther, Self-Ordained Pope, Putschist (with a video), Aug 23, 2008;

George Orwell on wikio;

Sustainable Fisheries, not dated.

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