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Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum publishes books on the First Nations, history and natural history of British Columbia, and on the activities, exhibits and collections of the museum and archives.

(2013) Cold Nights, Warm Reads

The leaves are changing, the light is fading and the fog is rolling in: it's autumn on the West Coast, which means it's time for hot tea, warm socks and BC books. To stay cozy on those cold nights, we suggest the following BC reads for gifts or for your own collection.

Young Adult and Children’s Lit

Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast

Raphaelle’s involvement with a Muslim boy is only slightly less controversial than her contribution to a student art show.
 Orca Book Publishers

Great Bear Sea by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read

Explore the magnificent marine environment that exists on the remote central coast of British Columbia, an area that has been called the Great Bear Sea.
 Orca Book Publishers

Whatever by Ann Walsh

Darrah knows what she did was wrong, but she doesn’t realize how wrong until she finds herself in a Restorative Justice circle to face the consequences.
 Ronsdale Press

Sea Otter Pup by Victoria Miles and Elizabeth Grant

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations and set in the North Pacific, this heartwarming tale is perfect for little ones who still have lots to learn themselves.
Orca Book Publishers

Local History

This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson

The story of Vancouver’s 125-year journey, from its time as a frontier logging village to its current position as one of the most livable cities in the world.
 Anvil Press

Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens by Eve Lazarus

A glimpse into aspects of Victoria rarely talked about in tourist brochures or flowery garden guidebooks. Lavishly illustrated throughout with  archival and contemporary photographs.
 Anvil Press

Undaunted: The Best of BC BookWorld edited by Alan Twigg

Undaunted features some of the best articles, literary, historical and environmental, from BC BookWorld—in celebration of their 25th anniversary.
 Ronsdale Press

The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle by Gordon Hak

This first comprehensive history of the left in B.C. details the workers, unions, politicians, and the social movements that struggled to make B.C. a better world.
 Ronsdale Press

The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland

With 120 maps and charts, this is an informative and fascinating compilation of the early maps of Vancouver Island, and the stories behind their creation.
TouchWood Editions


Creating a Happy Retirement by Dr. Ronald W. Richardson and Lois A. Richardson

The transition into retirement, with seemingly endless options, can be challenging. Consider this workbook for planning the life you want when you are retired.
Self-Counsel Press

No More Mac ‘n Cheese by Lise Andreana

You don’t have to live on cheap noodles anymore! This is the definitive real-world guide to managing your money for 20-somethings.
Self-Counsel Press

Family Ties That Bind by Dr. Ronald W. Richardson

Learn ‘Family of Origin’ therapy techniques as a basis for you to improve those relationships and your own sense of self-esteem.
Self-Counsel Press


Long Gone Man by Phyllis Smallman

Set in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Long Gone Man follows detective Singer Brown as she investigates the suspicious death of her lover.
TouchWood Editions

Beneath the Bleak New Moon by Debra Purdy Kong

Vancouver transit security cop Casey Holland is back in another fast-paced mystery that delves into the dangerous and deadly world of street racing.
TouchWood Editions

Always Love a Villain on San Juan Island by Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto

In the fourth mystery in the Islands Investigations International series, Noel Franklin & Kyra Rachel pair up their sleuthing skills once again in a thrilling case involving competing minds, abduction, and power.
TouchWood Editions

The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

In the second Cait Morgan Mystery, criminologist Cait Morgan investigates the death of a world-famous vintner while attending a gourmet event in BC’s stunning wine country.
TouchWood Editions

Unholy Rites by Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock

RCMP constable Danutia Dranchuk is drawn to England’s Peak District and to a village mystery with pagan roots and a horrifyingly modern twist.
TouchWood Editions

Cooking and Gardening

On the Flavour Trail, with recipes by the Island Chefs’ Collobrative edited by Christabel Padmore

Featuring recipes from the Island Chefs’ Collaborative, this unique cookbook explores Vancouver Island’s diverse and exceptional food culture, drawn both from land and ocean.
TouchWood Editions

The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting by Bill Jones

Expand your culinary knowledge of wild and cultivated mushrooms with this comprehensive cookbook by award-winning Vancouver Island food writer and chef Bill Jones.
TouchWood Editions

Heritage Apples: A New Sensation by Susan Lundy

Discover the histories and uses of 40 different heritage apple varieties. Then try the recipes! Create delicious apple-based dishes and meet apple growers, cider-makers and people fighting to preserve heritage apples.
TouchWood Editions

Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates

Inspired artists of the garden share their stories, their secrets and their passion for gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Illustrated with beautiful, full-colour photography.
TouchWood Editions

Memoir and Story

Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott

Through personal essays, Silcott looks at the tangle of midlife, the long look back, the shorter look forward, and the moments right now that shimmer and rustle around her.
 Anvil Press

Bog Tender: Coming Home to Nature and Memory by George Szanto

A tribute to nature’s influence on the creative process, this stunning memoir by Gabriola Island author George Szanto explores nature and the act of writing, and where the two intersect.
Brindle & Glass

South of Elfrida by Holley Rubinsky

The nature of relationships is skilfully illuminated in this collection of stories from award-winning author Holley Rubinsky.
Brindle & Glass