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TouchWood Editions Spring 2021

Victoria Unbuttoned
A Red-Light History of BC’s Capital City
By (author): Linda J. Eversole



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Apr 06, 2021
$20.00 CAD


7.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

224 pages


b&w photographs, illustrations, and maps throughout
TouchWood Editions
Social classes|General and world history|Social and cultural history|British Columbia Vancouver Island: Greater Victoria
British Columbia

A nuanced history of prostitution in Victoria told through newly uncovered stories of women who lived it.

From the establishment of Fort Victoria, BC’s capital city has had a long history of prostitution. But little has been written on the lives of the women themselves—some of the most enterprising women in Victoria’s past. Instead, these women’s stories have been relegated to judgmental newspaper headlines. Now historian Linda J. Eversole takes a deeper look at their lives, from the mid-nineteenth century to the First World War and the Moral Reform movement.

Story by story, from the fur trade, through confederation, waves of immigration, and attempts at reform and legislation, Eversole uncovers the histories of the women who made a living, and in some cases a fortune, from the world’s oldest profession.

With accompanying maps and historical photos, new research, and the support of the descendants of some of her subjects, Eversole presents a nuanced, human series of portraits that enhances our understanding of this important strand of the city’s history.

Linda J. Eversole is a writer and historian with a long career in research, heritage preservation, and museums. Stella: Unrepentant Madam, her biography of Victoria bordello owner Stella Carroll, was published in 2005. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Media + Publicity:
  • Baseline media outreach to Times Colonist, BC Studies, BC History, BC BookWorld, The Ormsby Review, Vancouver Sun, Canada's History, the Orca (online), CBC's North by Northwest, CBC's The Next Chapter, CBC's On Island, CFAX 1070, CHEK News
  • Festival submissions to Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Victoria Festival of Authors, Galiano Writers Fest
Marketing + Promo:
  • Regional and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast interviews
  • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements
  • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
  • Electronic ARCs
  • Excerpts available
Marketing + Promo Deliverables
  • Electronic ARC
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Bookmark
  • Postcard
  • Poster
BISAC Codes:
  • HIS058000      HISTORY / Women
  • SOC059000     SOCIAL SCIENCE / Prostitution & Sex Trade
  • HIS006000      HISTORY / Canada / General
  • ET034 CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian
  • TP090 TOPICAL / Women's Interest
BISAC Regional Themes
  • British Columbia
  • Vancouver Island
  • NHTB Social and cultural history
  • NHB General and world history
  • JBSA Society and culture: social classes
  • 1KBC-CA-BLC British Columbia Vancouver Island: Greater Victoria

For more information contact
[email protected]
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