Published Books: Betty Carol Keller
TRICK DOORS AND OTHER DRAMATIC SKETCHES: (November House, 1974). 129 pages.
Out of print.
Fourteen of my very short plays; used as a course book for Grades 11 & 12 Acting in BC schools from 1975 to 1984.
(The plays "Holed-Up" and "Tea-Party" from this book were produced on CBC Radio; "Sophie" was published in Inquiry into Literature by Fillion and Henderson [Collier-Macmillan Canada, 1981]; "The Victim" was published in The Process of Writing by Parker [Addison-Wesley, 1983] and also in The Independent Writer by Parker [Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986]; “Tea-Party” was published in Literature: an Introduction to Reading and Writing by Edgar V. Roberts and Henry Jacobs [Prentice Hall, Editions 2 to 7, 1988 to 2005.)
TAKING OFF: (November House, 1975). 66 pages.
Out of print.
A handbook for secondary school teachers of creative drama, it was used as a course book for Grade 8 creative drama in BC schools from 1975 to 1983.
OPENING TRICK DOORS: (November House, 1975). 33 pages.
Out of print.
A guide for teachers and directors using TRICK DOORS AND OTHER DRAMATIC SKETCHES.
PAULINE: A BIOGRAPHY OF PAULINE JOHNSON: (Douglas & McIntyre, 1982). 317 pages.
Winner of the Canadian Biography Medal for 1982. Book of the Month Club selection for April 1983. Released in the United States by Salem House in 1982. Paperback publication by James Lorimer Publishing in 1987. Optioned for film by Dreamreel Limited in June 1998.
BLACK WOLF: THE LIFE OF ERNEST THOMPSON SETON:
(hardback: Douglas & McIntyre in Canada, and Salem House in the United States, 1984). 240 pages. Book of the Month Club selection in February 1985. Paperback: Douglas & McIntyre in Canada in March 1986 and Salem House in the US in April 1986.
ON THE SHADY SIDE: VANCOUVER 1886-1914:
(Horsdal & Schubart, 1986). 121 pages. A humorous account of the shadier side of life in Vancouver at the turn of the century. Photos and cartoon illustrations.
IMPROVISATIONS IN CREATIVE DRAMA:
(Meriwether Publishing and Contemporary Drama Service, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1988). 175 pages. This is a combination of TRICK DOORS AND OTHER DRAMATIC SKETCHES, OPENING TRICK DOORS, and TAKING OFF presented in a single volume for the high school, college and amateur theatre trade, marketed in the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
BRIGHT SEAS AND PIONEER SPIRITS: THE SUNSHINE COAST:
(Horsdal & Schubart, 1996) with co-author Rosella M. Leslie. 232 pages. A history of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, including a brief outline of geologic history, flora and fauna, and in-depth histories of local industries: logging, fishing and aquaculture, mining, and tourism. Third Prize in the 1996 BC Historical Federation Writing Competition in a field of 42 submissions. Reissued in 2009 as Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits: A History of the Sunshine Coast.
SEA SILVER: INSIDE BRITISH COLUMBIA’S SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY:
(Horsdal & Schubart, 1996) with co-author Rosella M. Leslie. 138 pages. A primer on the west coast’s salmon farming industry, including a history from the first experimental farms in the mid-1960s to the present, and an outline of the economic and ecological impact of the industry.
FORESTS, POWER AND POLICY: THE LEGACY OF RAY WILLISTON:
(The Caitlin Press, 1997) with the late Eileen Williston. 318 pages. A personal biography of Ray Williston, former MLA for Fort George, BC, Minister of Education from 1954 to 1956, and Minister of Lands, Forests and Water Resources from 1956 to 1972.
PAULINE JOHNSON: THE FIRST ABORIGINAL VOICE:
(XYZ Publishing, 1999) 173 pages. A new biography of E. Pauline Johnson, #3 in XYZ’s Quest Library, a Canadian biography series intended for young adult readers.
PENDER HARBOUR COWBOY: THE MANY LIVES OF BERTRAND SINCLAIR: www.amazon.ca/Pender-Harbour-Cowboy-Bertrand-Sinclair/dp/0920663729
(Touchwood Editions, 2000) 224 pages. A biography of West Coast writer Bertrand Sinclair (1881-1972).
BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW:
Caitlin Press, 2001) 151 pages. A picaresque novel set in Vancouver in 1907 featuring a scam artist who poses as an evangelical preacher, several prostitutes (none of whom have the proverbial heart of gold), and a five-year-old hellion whom the preacher is very anxious to shed.
SKOOKUM TUGS: British Columbia’s Working Tugboats:
(Harbour Publishing, 2002) Photographs by Robb Douglas, Text by Betty Keller and Peter Robson. 144 pages. Winner of the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for 2003.
A STAIN UPON THE SEA: WEST COAST SALMON FARMING:
(Harbour Publishing, 2004). 288 pages. Co-authored with Stephen Hume, Alexandra Morton, Rosella M. Leslie, Otto Langer and Don Staniford. Winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize. Short-listed for the George Ryga Award.
A THOROUGHLY WICKED WOMAN:
Murder, Perjury & Trial by Newspaper. (Caitlin Press, 2010) 230 pages. A novel based on events that occurred in Vancouver between September 1905 and May 1907.