(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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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South of Elfrida by Holley Rubinsky
The nature of relationships is skilfully illuminated in this collection of stories from award-winning author Holley Rubinsky.
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