Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill Reid is in its second edition and contains 30 essential texts by Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The collection spans the early years of his career as radio announcer and script writer and extends to his career as a master carver. Early pieces from 1954-1967 include People of the Potlatch; Carvers of the Totem Poles; and Art of the British Colombia Indian. A moving poem text written in 1971 celebrates the land of the Haida as well as the essential tree of the Northwest Coast, the Cedar. Reid discusses the myth of the land bridge theory, and talks about the identity issue in Haida Means Human Being and Becoming Haida. The final piece in this amazing collection is the Spirit of Haida Gwaii written in 1991. The book contains 7 colour images and 58 black and white illustrations and photographs scattered throughout the text.