On February 23, 2015 I sent a book proposal in to Touch Wood Editions in Victoria, BC for consideration to publish a book tentatively tiled, Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons & Hotel-Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917. I'm pleased to inform all those who read my blog here that the manuscript has been accepted and now the real work begins.
I have been working on (and off) of this concept since 2000. I have years of research and hard work put into this worthwhile project. The following is a synopsis of my book:
Synopsis for Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons & Hotel –Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917
This book will take the reader back to Nineteenth Century Victoria when saloons were as
common as coffee shops are today and when alcohol was cheaper than water.
- Read about how a young Emily Carr was saved from serious injury or possible death by the
quick actions of an employee of the Bee-Hive saloon.
- Discover the gruesome secret uncovered by a startled worker while prying up the floorboards
during renovations to the Omineca saloon.
- Follow the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of Mike Powers, the proprietor of
the Garrick’s Head.
These are only a few of the stories you will find in Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons &
Hotel-Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917.
Mofford shatters the myth of the stereotypical saloon as portrayed by Hollywood while
introducing you to an array of colourful characters – from saloon proprietors to a few of their
more intriguing customers. You will learn how changing attitudes and morals affected the
saloons and hotel bars over the sixty-six years that they existed.
In Aqua Vitae, the most poignant moments in the history of Victoria’s drinking establishments
will be highlighted - from the first saloon in 1851, to prohibition which shut the party down in
1917 and ended the reign of the saloon forever.
The book is scheduled to be on book shelves by March 2017. There is much to do before that time and I sincerely hope that you look forward in its release and read about the saloons and hotel-bars in Victoria from long ago.