William Deverell Bibliography Website

WEBSITE AND BLOG: www.deverell.com

Bill Deverell was a journalist for seven years, graduating in law in 1963. His criminal practice involved work for both prosecution and defence, and he worked in civil rights, labour, and environmental law. He is a founding director, former president, now honourary director of the B. C. Civil Liberties Association.

His first novel, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal Prize in l979 and the Book of the Year Award in l98l. His subsequent novels include High Crimes, Mecca, The Dance of Shiva, Platinum Blues, Mindfield, Kill All the Lawyers, Street Legal, Trial of Passion, Slander, The Laughing Falcon, Mind Games, April Fool, Kill All the Judges, Snow Job, and, his latest, I'll See You in My Dreams. He is author of the true crime book A Life on Trial - the Case of Robert Frisbee, based on a celebrated murder trial which he defended. His novels have been translated into fourteen languages and sold worldwide. All but two continue in print.

Trial of Passion won the 1997 Dashiell Hammett award, for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, as well as the Arthur Ellis prize in crime writing in Canada. It featured the classically trained, self-doubting Arthur Beauchamp, a trial lawyer who became Deverell's first series protagonist, in April Fool (also an Ellis winner), Kill All the Judges (shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Prize in humour), and Snow Job, a political novel set in Ottawa, which has been similarly shortlisted. He has been referred to as a national Treasurer by the Toronto Star and received the Best Canadian Crime Writer award at the Scene of the Crime Festival in Ontario. In October, 2011, he was awarded an honourary doctor of letters from Simon Fraser University.

He wrote the screenplay Shellgame for CBC-TV drama, which served as the pilot for CBC's long-running series Street Legal, and he is the creator of that series, which has run internationally in more than 50 countries. In 1991-92, he served as Visiting Professor in the Creative Writing Department, University of Victoria. In 1994 he served as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and again in 1999. He lives on Pender Island, British Columbia, and in Costa Rica. His website is www.deverell.com, with a link to his active blog.

The following is a list of relevant books by and about Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., his partner, Calvert Vaux; his sons John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., and their work. It is a work in progress. Please contact NAOP with recommended additions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Master List of Design Projects

The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm 1857–1979. Edited by Lucy Lawliss, Caroline Loughlin, and Lauren Meier. NAOP and National Park Service, 2008.

Works by Frederick Law Olmsted

Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England. Reprint of 1852 edition with introduction by Charles C. McLaughlin. LALH/University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 2002.

A Journey through Texas, or a Saddle-Trip on the Western Frontier. Edited by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell. DeGolyer Library &William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2004.

The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles E. Beveridge, Senior Series Editor,

  • Volume I: The Formative Years 1822–1852
  • Volume II: Slavery and the South 1852–1857
  • Volume III: Creating Central Park 1857–1861
  • Volume IV: Defending the Union, The Civil War and the U.S. Sanitary Commission 1861–1863
  • Volume V: The California Frontier 1863–1865
  • Volume VI: The Years of Olmsted, Vaux & Company 1865–1874
  • Volume VII: Parks, Politics, and Patronage 1874–1882
  • Volume VIII: The Early Boston Years, 1882–1890
  • Volume IX: The Last Great Projects, 1890–1895
  • Supplementary Series Volume 1: Writings on Public Parks
  • Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks, Parkways, and Park Systems (Supplementary Series Volume 2)

Additional editors in the series: Charles Capen McLaughlin, Charles E. Beveridge, David Schuyler, Jane Turner Censer, Victoria Post Ranney, Ethan Carr, Amanda Gagel, and Michael Shapiro. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977–2007.

  • Frederick Law Olmsted: Essential Texts. Robert Twombly.  New York. W. W. Norton & Co., 2010.

Olmsted Biographies and Writings on His Career

  • FLO—A Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted. Laura Wood Roper. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1973.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape. Charles Beveridge and Paul Rocheleau. Rizzoli International, 1995.
  • Genius of Place, The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. Justin Martin. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, 2011.
  • A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century. Witold Rybczynski. Scribner, New York, 1999.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architect, 1822–1903. Ed. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and Theodora Kimball, New York, B Blom, 1970 (1922–28).
  • Frederick Law Olmsted Partner With Nature. Johanna Johnston. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1975
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.: Founder of Landscape Architecture in America. Julius Gy. Fabos, Gordon T. Milde, and V. Michael Weinmayr. The University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1968.
  • The Man Who Made Central Park. M.M. Graff. Greensward Foundation, Inc. New York, 1982.
  • The Nature of Recreation: A Handbook in Honor of Frederick Law Olmsted Using Examples from His Work. Richard Saul Wurman. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1972.
  • Olmsted South: Old South Critic/New South Planner. Editors Dana F. White and Victor Kramer. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1979.
  • Looking Southward. An essay by John Stauffer. 2005

Works on Calvert Vaux

  • Country, Park, and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux. Francis R. Kowsky. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Works on John Charles Olmsted

  • For and overview of his work and reference to park reports see the entry by Arleyn Levee in Pioneers of American Landscape Design. Editors Charles A. Birnbaum and Robin Karson. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002.
  • Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest. Joan Hockaday. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2009.

Works on Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

  • For and overview of his work and reference to park reports see the entry by Susan L. Klaus in Pioneers of American Landscape Design. Editors Charles A. Birnbaum and Robin Karson. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002.
  • A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens. Susan L. Klaus. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst in Association with the Library of Landscape History, Amherst, 2002.

Works on Other Members of the Olmsted Firm

Park/Place Guides

The Birmingham Historical Society's Trilogy on the Olmsted Plan (available through the BHS, www.bhistorical.org.):

  • A Park System for Birmingham. Olmsted Brothers. Originally published by the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, 1925. Republished by Birmingham Historical Society, 2005.
  • The Olmsted Vision—Parks for Birmingham. A publication about the Early Years and Today. Marjorie White and Heather McArn. Introduction by Charles Beveridge. Birmingham Historical Society, 2006.
  • Hand Down Unharmed: Olmsted Files on Birmingham Parks 1920–1925. Birmingham Historical Society. Foreword by Arleyn Levee. Introduction by Marjorie L. White. Birmingham, AL: Birmingham Historical Society, 2008.


  • A Vision Achieved: Fifty Years of the East Bay Regional Park District. Mimi Stein. East Bay Regional Park District (1984) ISBN 0-914531-01-8 (Paper). Early chapters cover Olmsted Sr’s trip to California and discussion of the Olmsted-Hall Report.
  • Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region. Greg Hise and William Deverell. University of California Press, 2000.
  • Old Torrance: Olmsted Districts. Bonnie May Barnard, Save Historic Old Torrance. Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
  • Piedmont Way and the Berkeley Property Tract. The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (1995). Introduction by Lesley Emmington Jones. PO Box 1137, Berkeley, CA, 94701 (510) 841-2242
  • Report of State Parks Survey of California. Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1929).
  • NAOP Reprints from the:  Report of the Director of the Survey to the California State Park Commission, Frederick Law Olmsted [Jr.], December 29, 1928
  • Report on Proposed Park Reservations for East Bay Cities. Olmsted Brothers (The Olmsted-Hall Report, 1930).


  • Within the Reach of All—An illustrated history of Brandywine Park. The 119-page book details the founding of the park and Olmsted's role. It has more than 80 illustrations, many vintage images from the park's early years, and includes an 8-page color section. The Friends of Wilmington Parks, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of parks in the city, has acted as publisher for the book. To obtain a copy, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 302-656-3665. 

District of Columbia

  • The National Mall: Rethinking Washington’s Monumental Core. Nathan Glazer & Cynthia R. Field, editors. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • The Washington National Mall. Peter R. Penczer. Arlington, VA: Oneonta Press, 2007.
  • The Mall in Washington. Edited by Richard Longstreth. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2002.
  • 1902 McMillan Plan Online: www.cr.nps.gov
  • Historic Preservation Report for McMillan Slow Sand Filtration Plant, EHT Traceries, Inc., 2010


  • Residential Work of the Olmsted Firm in Georgia, 1893–1937. Lucy Lawliss. Magnolia Essays Number 1 (Spring 1993), Southern Garden History Society.
  • Historic Grant Park. Jennifer Goad Cuthbertson and Philip M. Cuthbertson. Arcadia Publishing, 2011.



  • For online information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
  • The City in the Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago’s Parks. Julia S. Bachrach, with a foreword by Bill Kurtis. The Center for American Places, in association with the Chicago Park District, 2001.
  • Olmsted in Chicago. Victoria Post Ranney, 1972.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted in Chicago. An article by NAOP and The Olmsted Papers Project, 2011.
  • Preliminary Report upon the Proposed Suburban Village at Riverside, Near Chicago, by Olmsted, Vaux, & Co., Landscape Architects. September 1, 1868.



  • Baltimore’s Public Landscapes: The Olmsted Influence A Driving Tour Through Northern Baltimore.
  • Baltimore’s Public Landscapes: From Private Estates to the Public Domain—A Driving Tour of West Baltimore’s Olmsted Legacy.
  • Charles Street: A Boulevard Revisited.
  • From Private Estates to the Public Domain—A Driving Tour of West Baltimore's Olmsted Legacy.
  • Report Upon the Development of Public Grounds for Greater Baltimore, 1904.
  • Report and Recommendations on Park Extension for Baltimore, 1926.
  • The Olmsted Influence--A Driving Tour Through Northern Baltimore.
  • Waterfront and Neighborhood Parks--A Driving Tour of Southern Baltimore's Olmsted Legacy.

All of the above are available through the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes: www.olmstedmaryland.org

  • Olmsted's Sudbrook: The Making of a Community. Melanie Anson. Foreword by Charles Beveridge. Sudbrook Park, Inc., 1997 (reprinted 2005).
  • Baltimore’s Patterson Park. Tim Almaguer. Chicago and elsewhere: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.



  • Designing the Maine Landscape. Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden, with a preface by Earle Shettleworth Jr. and foreword by Charles E. Beveridge. Camden, ME: Down East Books and the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks & Landscapes, 2009.


  • Henry Shaw's Victorian Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park. Carol Grove. University of Massachusetts Press in association with the Library of America Landscape History, 2005.

New Jersey

  • Olmsted Parks in New Jersey. Jeanne Kolva. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2011.
  • Branch Brook Park. Kathleen P. Galop and Catharine Longendyck. Charleston, SC, etc.: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.
  • Cultural Landscape Report for Branch Brook Park. Newark, NJ, 2002.
  • Cadwalader Heights: the history of an Olmsted neighborhood: Trenton, New Jersey.  Glenn R. Modica. Trenton, N.J.: Bucks Digital Printing, 2007.

New York


  • For online information on the Buffalo Park System, visit www.buffaloolmstedparks.org
  • Olmsted in Buffalo and Niagara, by Lynda Schneekloth, Robert Shibley & Thomas Yots.  Buffalo: The Urban Design Project, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Buffalo, 2011, 108 pages.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux, and the Buffalo Park and Parkway System, forthcoming from the Library of American Landscape History

  • NAOP Reprints: "Said The Site Is Bad. Olmsted Threw a Brick at The Park Board," article from the Buffalo Morning Express, May 5, 1897, page 9.

Niagara Falls

New York City

  • Central Park: The Birth, Decline, and Renewal of a National Treasure. Eugene Kinkead. WW Norton & Company, Inc. NY, 1990.
  • The Central Park Book. Elizabeth Barlow with Vernon Gray, Roger Pasquier, Lewis Sharp. The Central Park Task Force, 1977.
  • Frederick Law Olmsted’s New York. Elizabeth Barlow. Praeger Publishers, Inc., NY, 1972.
  • The Park and the People: A History of Central Park. Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1992.
  • Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park. Sara Cedar Miller. New York: Abrams, 2009.
  • Central Park: An American Masterpiece. Sara Cedar Miller, with a preface by Kenneth T. Jackson and an epilogue by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. New York: Abrams, in association with the Central Park Conservancy, 2003.

Oregon (also see Pacific Northwest)

  • Guzowski, Kenneth James. Portland’s Olmsted Vision, 1847–1915: A Study of the Public Landscapes Designed By Emmanuel T. Mische in Portland, Oregon. Master’s Thesis, University of Oregon, 1990.
  • Portland Park Board and Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects. Report of the Park Board, Portland, Oregon, 1903, with the Report of Messrs. Olmsted Bros., Landscape Architects, Outlining a System of Parkways, Boulevards and Parks for the City of Portland. Portland: Portland Park Board, 1903.
  • Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest. Joan Hockaday. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2009.
  • Olmsted in the Pacific Northwest: Private Estates and Residential Communities, 1873–1959: An Inventory. Catherine Joy Johnson. Seattle: Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, 1997.


  • Capital’s Utopia: Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, 1855–1916. Anne E. Mosher, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.


  • Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA: West Capitol Campus Historic Landscape Preservation Master Plan. General Administration, State of Washington; Arbutus Design LLC; Mithun.  June 2009.
  • Volunteer Park City Landmark Nomination, Seattle, WA, November 2011.
  • Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest. Joan Hockaday. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2009.
  • Olmsted in the Pacific Northwest: Private Estates and Residential Communities, 1873–1959: An Inventory. Catherine Joy Johnson. Seattle: Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, 1997.


  • Milwaukee County Parks. Laurie Muench Albano. Charleston, SC, etc: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

NAOP Publications—Workbook Series 1–5

Miscellaneous Olmsted Literature

Non Fiction
The Devil in the White City.
Erik Larson. Crown Publishers, NY, 2003

City of Light
. Lauren Belfer. Random House Group, NY, 2003 (paperback)



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