Briony Penn Book Launch

Greenways is excited to be hosting Briony Penn for the ‪‎Campbell River‬ launch of her authorised biography "The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan".

The launch will be held on Thursday, May 12th at the Campbell River Library, 6.15pm for 6.30pm.

The event is free and open to the public. Briony will be signing books.

*News flash* Briony Penn has just been awarded the Rockerick Haig Brown Regional Prize by BC Book Prizes.

Authorized by his family and with the research support and participation of the University of Victoria Libraries, Briony Penn provides an unprecedented and accessible window into the story of this remarkable naturalist. From his formative years roaming the mountains around Vancouver looking for venison to his last years finishing the voluminous and authoritative Birds of British Columbia, Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future.

As the head and founder of the first university-based wildlife department in Canada, Ian McTaggart Cowan revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world, and students flocked into his classrooms to hear his brilliant, entertaining lectures regarding the new science of ecology.

Briony Penn is a naturalist, broadcaster, educator, and writer well known across Canada.

The Campbell River launch of “The Real Thing” will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 6.30pm at the Campbell River Library.

For more information contact Greenways on 250-287-3785 or email

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