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On Our Radar: Kamloops one of five stops for Victoria author touring new book

The novel is centred around Fernie, B.C. during the First World War
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If you're a First World War history buff, you may want to check out this event.

Victoria-based author Wayne Norton is coming to Kamloops as part of a book tour for Fernie at War: 1914-1919.

He'll be speaking about the polarizing times of the war and the post-war upheaval of Fernie and B.C. as a whole.

"I argue that Fernie experienced all the major themes and issues of the First World War that the rest of the country experienced," Norton tells KamloopsMatters. 

"But Fernie experienced it more intensely. There was a very large immigrant population and, of course, the immigrant populations were not popular during the First World War. 

"There was an interment uprising against the miners that the Austrians and Germans stop working in the mine. This is going on when patriotism is strong," he explains.

"Kamloops would have experienced these tensions as well, especially when it came to the patriotic drive to sign up to go to war, and the suspicions about their German and Austrian neighbours," Norton adds. 

Donna Sacuta, executive director of the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre, calls the book "a fine example of how labour and popular history can be presented in an accessible and highly readable manner.”

Fernie at War also won the B.C. Historical Federation's Community History Award.

Norton will be at the Kamloops Museum and Archives (207 Seymour St.) on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. All are welcome. Books will be available for sale and signing.