My interests as a writer/publisher lie in three areas:
1. Promoting and supporting public school music programs
2. Promoting and supporting native youth projects
3. Promoting and supporting minorities and minority rights
1. Promoting and supporting public school music programs:
Over a twenty-five year period, I wrote and published six books on Arthur Delamont and his bands. For these books, I interviewed 160 former band members from the thirties through the seventies. These included: Jimmy Pattison, Bing Thom, Stan Smith (son of Ray Smith MacBlo), Bill Millerd, Bob Buckley, Malcolm Brodie etc.
I am writing and publishing a series of books on B.C. Music Educators. The first one came out in 2016 and is called Hearts, Minds & Souls, Book 1, BC. Music Educator’s Series. Two more will be out this Spring 2018 called, And The Angels Sing, Book 2, B.C. Music Educator’s Series and All The Young Guns, Book 3, The Millenials, B.C. Music Educator’s Series.
I started the School Music Book Project in 2015 to raise money and awareness for public school music programs. The first book in that series will be out shortly on The Handsworth Music Dynasty in North Vancouver with Bob Rebagliati. The second book on D.W. Poppy Music will be out later this year. This project develops a book on the school’s music program and matches it with an alumni Facebook group to raise funds annually for the said program. I have interviewed so far for this particular project about 100 music educators.
I presently have over 2000 people in different Facebook groups all over BC and Canada working with me on this project. Soon a Foundation will be established to carry on this important work.
2. Promoting and supporting native youth projects:
In 2009, I made a trip to northern BC and Alaska and visited and interviewed 200 native artists. In 2017 I published my memoirs of that trip called The Train To Haida Gwaii. It not only includes artists but first nations museums, hotels, galleries and other Native-owned businesses.
This spring I am starting a series of picture books on native artists in Haida Gwaii called The Native Artists of Haida Gwaii. The book will be used to raise money for native youth programs. It will be followed by subsequent books on S.E. Alaska, Anchorage and northern Alaska. With this series, I will be working with the U of A in Alaska and Fairbanks as well as the U of ASE in Juneau. I will also be working with the Alaska Museum at Rasmussen, the Alaska Native Hospital and about 20 Alaska Native corporations (Alaska is much more organized regarding Native support groups). A Foundation may be set up to carry on this important work as well.
3. Promoting and supporting Minorities and Minority Rights.
Faye Leung’s first two books, The Hat Lady Sings, Book I and Book II, will be out this September 2018. A third book, her picture book, Hats & Styles, will follow at some point once funding is received for this project. Faye’s books are a legacy of minority discrimination in Canada and her efforts to change Canadian society which she did over eight decades.