Born and raised in Vancouver, Daniel Francis travelled east on the Trans-Canada Highway in 1971 to live in Eastern Canada (Ottawa and Montreal) for many years. He has since returned to the West Coast where he makes his living as an historical researcher/writer. He has written 15 books, principally about Canadian history. Titles include The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992), and National Dreams: Myth, Memory and Canadian History (Arsenal Pulp, 1997). He was editorial director of Horizon Canada, a Montreal-based, bilingual, illustrated history of Canada in magazine format, and the mammoth Encyclopedia of British Columbia, hailed on its appearance in 2000 as one of the most important books about the province ever published. His book L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004.