A string of trade beads, originally manufactured on the island of Murano near Venice, is passed from generation to generation, from Captain Cook at Nootka Sound to a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry hearing in Northern British Columbia. The beads have borne witness, over three centuries, to a family who unwillingly plays a central role in Canada’s collective record of colonialism, unbridled racism and genocide — and the rare acts of compassion and courage from settlers who saw injustice and risked everything to end it. Heavily inspired by real events and people, THE COLOUR OF GLASS chronicles the relationship between Indigenous people and the fur traders, politicians, judges, police, priests and school staff who profited from assimilating and erasing Indigenous people and their cultures. It lays bare the costs of colonialism — costs we pay to this day. This is a book of unfortunate truths. However, it also speaks to the hope that with truth will come understanding — and, ultimately, reconciliation.
Fiction. Historical Fiction.
David Starr is the prize-winning author of six books, including Ronsdale's THE NOR'WESTER (2017), THE KING'S SHILLING (2018), and LIKE JOYFUL TEARS (2019). He is the past winner of the Province's "Serial Thriller" writing competition, and was an education columnist for the Chinese language paper WC Weekly. David Starr is a high school principal, who lives in Coquitlam, B.C.