Author and Researcher Lynne Porter’s new book, Big Bay North Keppel – The Way It Was, launched at the Brucedale Press on Saturday, June 29.
The book is about the history of Big Bay from the First Nations, to the settlers and current families who live there. Porter’s earlier book, Oxenden The Way It Was’hit the shelves back in 2017, it was written in a similar vein, detailing the history of Oxenden.
Big Bay North Keppel – The Way It Was is 108 pages long, with 20 drawings of the area, and includes various historical photographs.
Porter, who was born in Oxenden and still lives just outside the village had a late start in her writing career.
“I did a fair of writing as a kid, rhymes and such, but didn’t get back into it until about five years ago,” said Porter in an interview with the Echo.
Porter had several short stories published in The Leaf from the Brucedale Press
“After that I had gained confidence in my writing and set out to write my book.”
Porter used various methods to gain sources for her book, genealogical websites, the Canadian census, local archives and residents who have been in the area for a time and remember the old stories.
“My favourite part of the process is finding new things out about the area,”
“The hardest part was getting to a wall and you can’t find out any more, but that’s true for all genealogists.”
Not only did Porter write the book, she also created the drawings within it.
“Every picture has this black cat, he’s quite the conversation starter,” said Porter.
The book is available through the Brucedale Press and at local bookshops.
Her next project will be about Lake Charles.
“There’s a lot more to Lake Charles than meets the eye,” said Porter.