Following the Curve of Time

The Untold Story of Capi Blanchet

By (author): Cathy Converse
ISBN 9781771512961
Softcover | Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8 in
224 Pages

About the Book

A paperback edition of the BC Book Award–nominated biography of Capi Blanchet, the author of the BC coastal classic, The Curve of Time.

After her husband died in 1926 from a suspected drowning, Capi Blanchet spent every summer cruising BC’s west coast with her five children and their dog in the family’s 25-foot boat. The Curve of Time is the book Capi wrote chronicling these adventures, and it remains a bestseller and a classic in the annals of nautical literature. But little is known about the rest of her life. Cathy Converse found herself asking: who was this skipper, this mother, this writer?

In this biography, Converse offers insiders’ recollections of this enigmatic woman, along with family photos and updated information about the villages, inlets and islands described in The Curve of Time. Following the Curve of Time is essential reading for anyone who has ever been captivated by the book, the West Coast or Capi herself.

About the Author(s)

Cathy Converse has been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. She is the author of Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron. For more information, please visit


“Well worth putting beside Capi’s own on your bookshelf.” —The Vancouver Sun

“Cathy Converse follows in Blanchet’s wake, both literally and figuratively, examining the story behind the story and creating a well-researched portrait.” —Canadian Literature

“Succeeds in pointing us back to a classic seafaring story.”—Georgia Straight

“A fascinating read.”—Wavelength Magazine

“A worthy companion to the classic.”—Pacific Yachting

“A valuable addition to those books which define and celebrate our magnificent coast.”—Harbour Spiel