Shannon interviewed by UBC Library

UBC LibraryI recently had the honour of chatting with Michelle Blackwell at the University of British Columbia about the research I do for my books, and how UBC Library and its collections play a crucial role. Since I use only actual historical characters in my novels and short stories, and embed them carefully in the social, political and geographical context of the time, I spend a lot of time reading historical material. I am lucky to have access to the excellent resources at UBC.

In addition to standard books about European and North American history, the library has a marvelous selection of relatively obscure works that I was surprised to find in Vancouver…. The real “shivers up the spine” moment came when I was holding a letter from Napoleon, written in 1814, and three letters from the Duke of Wellington, written in 1824, all part of the Derek Lukin Johnston collection housed in Rare Books and Special Collections.

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The real “shivers up the spine” moment came when I was holding a letter from Napoleon, written in 1814, and three letters from the Duke of Wellington, written in 1824.

Shannon Selin