The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, “In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery” by Grant Hayter-Menzies, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7.Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 will be followed immediately by the speaker.
In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and traded one of her dogs and $35 cash for a young Javanese macaque. For the next fifteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr's own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo.
For over a decade, Grant has specialized in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant live