This is the website of Colin Castle, history teacher and biographer.

It was established in September 2013 to help distribute Rufus, his most recent book, which will be published May 2014  by Granville Island Publishing of Vancouver.

Colin taught at Mount Boucherie secondary until 1998 and he and his wife Val lived in West Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley until 2015, but now live in Victoria.

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    1. Thanks Shannon. Rufus never saw Vegas, so you have the advantage on him. Book out in November, both E- and print.

  1. Dear Mr. & Mrs Castle


    I am very interested in your book, which will tell us the exciting events happened long past. You are the important bridge, whom I am familiar with. You did really a good dead.
    Thank you very much.

    Yours sincerely
    Ling & Renjuan

    1. Thanks Lida. Follow Rufus and he will have more surprises for you. Follow him on twitter @Lukin_Johnston

  2. Congratulations. Can’t wait! You told me the spinal column of the book before. I am anxious to see what is filled in.

    1. Thanks Debbie. Glad to see you have time for other things after all your athletic events – Naxos is the athletic hub of the islands! Love your constant flow of great pictures. Am having fun with the Rufus blog and Geoff is picking it all up on Twitter (Rufus@Lukin_Johnston) and we have quite a following. Glen Schaefer, entertainment reporter at the Province and erstwhile GPSS debater, has written a great Foreword for the book and everything is coming together. Will be able to name a publication day soon, I hope. Watch this space!

  3. Hi Colin and Val ;
    Thanks for your message and blog. Certainly looking forward to reading Rufus. Your hard work and considerable effort will be enjoyed ! Look forward to talking soon.

    1. Thanks for your interest – an exciting time, but frustrating too – some things are never done quickly enough for impatient would-be authors!

  4. Congratulations Collin. What an accomplishment! You can feel truly proud of publishing your work of many years. Look forward to getting to know Rufus.

    1. Thanks Delcie – but too bad everybody had to get to know him this way. If he’d lived longer you might have met him!

    1. Good to hear from you. Not so long now, I hope. But watch this space – it will be the first to carry the news.

  5. Hi Mr. Castle!
    Great to see you continuing to share your knowledge and storytelling charm through writing books. You were easily one of my most influential teachers at Mt. B, and those that have the opportunity to learn through your stories are so fortunate to do so.
    I’m so happy to have found your site – congratulations on what is surely an exciting venture!
    Please could you provide an update when your unpublished book on Canadian history for children gets the nod to hit the press, I would love to share it with my young ones.
    All the best,
    Mike Speckman

    1. Hello Mike
      How nice to hear from you after all these years. Your comments are appreciated – they help restore one’s equilibrium, constantly battered nowadays by the world telling me to speak up, stop mumbling, for goodness sake turn down the TV volume, not to go to sleep during the news – nor at traffic lights!
      Alas, the kids’ history project, though complete (as far as anything not yet copy-edited can be) is on the back burner. But others have asked me about it and I may just cut corners and put it on this website in PDF form, available for free download, a chapter at a time. I discovered while writing it how little I really knew about Canada’s history – a bit disconcerting! But I also did a lot of research, which I enjoyed immensely, and the end product is pretty sound, I think. It is not a classroom history – rather, a series of stories about Canadian history, for kids. Please feel free to get in touch if you want more information about it.

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