APOL was recently spotted in the Pacific northwest, crossing Jervis Inlet from the Sechelt Peninsula on Canada’s Sunshine Coast. It spent the voyage regaling ferry passengers with the colourful history of the region, and plugging itself in the process.
The area was first charted in 1792 by the Royal Navy’s Captain George Vancouver, who was exploring for the fabled Northwest Passage. Instead of the passage, he found Spanish Commodore Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra in Nootka Sound, on the west side of Vancouver Island. There, at the edge of the known world, far from their imperial masters, the two mariners spent weeks negotiating their countries’ respective territorial claims. It’s a fascinating story, one told as a rip-roaring yarn in a novel, The Wind From All Directions, written by APOL’s own author (that is, yours truly).
Normally APOL’s tour is all about itself, but on this leg of its journey the braggartly book was surprisingly magnanimous in praising “Watz-His-Name’s” yet to be published epic. “It’s good. Damn good,” APOL opined, “but . . . Broughton has a no role in it. I told him that was a mistake! People want an anti-hero, not some Hornblower type in tight pants. I ask you: who’s ever even heard of Vancouver, anyway?” (You see? APOL can never be entirely generous with its older sibling; nor with its author. But we’re not bitter.)
APOL did finally get down to business, offering passengers a peek inside its covers to find out who exactly this Broughton guy is. “Just a teaser for now,” it winked. “Buy me, and you’ll see what I mean.” (See what I mean? Incorrigible!)
A note to readers: APOL is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here, or on my Facebook Author Page. For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.