Born in Powell River, BC, Marion Van de Wetering is a graduate of the University of Guelph. She has written articles for the Toronto Star and is a parttime graduate student at the University of Ottawa. Marion and her husband, writer Mark Bourrie, live in Ottawa.
An Ottawa Album
This illustrated history of Ottawa traces the cityâ€™s development from the days when Bytown was a lumber village to its emergence as Canadaâ€™s capital and fourth-largest urban area. From the earliest photographs of the original Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, through the VE-Day and VJ-Day celebrations at the end of World War II and beyond, this beautiful book of superb black-and-white photographs and informative text offers a charming glimpse of the evolving city.
The photographs have been chosen both for their historical importance and their quality as visual art. They show a cross-section of life in the developing capital from the formality of Rideau Hall to working people selling wood and straw in Byward Market. This art, among the best from Canadaâ€™s early photographers, has been culled from major collections in the National Archives of Canada and Ottawaâ€™s city archives. Many of the photographs have never been published before.
"With its superior photography and broad canvas, An Ottawa Album [will] appeal to a wide audience."