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Harbour Publishing

Harbour Publishing is one of BC’s founding publishers. Known for the Raincoast Chronicles, Harbour focuses on regional stories and authors.

(2012) Gift Books

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and your neighbours are tastefully decorating their house with a twelve-foot animatronic snowman: the 2012 Holiday Season is on its way!
Whether you're buying for friends, family, coworkers or for your own fire-side reading, BC books make the perfect gift.

*Click here to learn more about our Gift Books 2012 giveaway!*

For the Chef:

Flavours of the West Coast

by Cedarwood Productions with Chef Steve Walker-Duncan and guests ISBN 9781927129258, $29.95 CAN

In this colourful cookbook inspired by the popular TV program, signature dishes from the region’s top restaurants, chefs, and foodies are shared with the at-home cook.

TouchWood Editions

Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Linda Gilkeson ISBN 9780865716841 $24.95 CAN

With advice on soil preparation, composting, seeding, watering, mulching, pruning, winter crop planting schedules, greenhouses and more, as well as a wealth of information specific to the West Coast climate, Backyard Bounty will get you growing.
New Society Publishers

Hollyhock Cooks: Food to Nourish Body, Mind and Soil

by Linda Solomon and Moreka JolarISNB 9780865714885, $29.95 CAN

Globally influenced local cuisine, with over 200 recipes including everything from soups and salads to entrees, sauces and spreads, desserts and drinks.
New Society Publishers

For the Artist:

George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within

by George Littlechild ISBN 9781927051511, $59.95 CAN

“George Littlechild paints with light and butterfly medicine. This retrospective showcases his brilliance, beauty and grace of his work.” —Richard Van Camp
Heritage House Publishing

People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations

with Aaron Nelson-Moody, Glenn George and Tewanee Joseph ISBN 978-1-894778-77-0, $36.95 CAN

People of the Land features spectacular photographs and artwork alongside fascinating stories and legends of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations peoples.
Theytus Books

111 West Coast Literary Portraits

Photographs by Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright. Text by BC Authors. Introduction by Alan Twigg. ISBN 9781896949239, $48

Photographs by Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright, features rare B & W portraits of emerging, midcareer and well-known writers who have lived in B.C. An unprecedented and elegant gift book.
Mother Tongue Publishing

For the Athlete:

Backspin: 120 Years of Golf in British Columbia

by Arv Olson ISBN 9781927051412, $28.95 CAN

A comprehensive overview of everything golf-related in BC. This encyclopedic reference explores the growth of the game, legendary figures and the golf courses of BC.
Heritage House Publishing

For the Nature-Lover:

Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, Ideas and Inspiration for the Future Primitive

by Miles Olson ISBN 9780865717213, $15.95

Combining philosophical exploration with a guide to endangered primitive and traditional skills, this entirely unique and unconventional book will make you question what it means to be civilized.
New Society Publishers

Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast

by Maleea Acker ISBN 9781554200658, $19 CAN

A story about a unique and vanishing ecosystem, Garry Oak meadows and people who have made it their life’s work to save them.
New Star Books

All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days

by Susan Safyan ISBN 9781894759762 , $26.95 CAN

Colourful and engaging stories describing the impact of the back-to-the-land movement and the sexual revolution on the remote town of Wells, BC.
Caitlin Press

For the History Buff:

Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story

By Lisa Anne Smith and Barbara Rogers
ISBN 978-1-55380-146-7 ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-142-9, $21.95 CAN

The first-ever biography of the black lifeguard who won the hearts of Vancouver’s citizens, teaching their children to swim in English Bay.
Ronsdale Press

The Private Journal of Captain G.H. Richards: The Vancouver Island Survey (1860–1862)

Edited by Linda Dorricott and Deidre Cullon
ISBN 978-1-55380-127-6 ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-133-7, $24.95 CAN

Published for the first time after 150 years, this journal is an exciting addition to the history of BC. With 12 colour maps & photos; 30 b&w photos
Ronsdale Press

Women of Brave Mettle: More Stories of the Cariboo Chilcotin Extraordinary Women: Volume 2

by Diana French ISBN 978-1-894759-86-1, $26.95 CAN

More stories of the remarkable women who have contributed, or who are still contributing, to the vibrant mosaic that is the Cariboo Chilcotin.
Caitlin Press

Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960

by John Belshaw and Diane Purvey ISBN 9781897535837, $25 CAN

It was an era of gambling, smuggling rings, police corruption, bootleggers, brothels, and murders. Vancouver Noir provides a fascinating insight into life in the Terminal City, noir-style.
Anvil Press

Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens

by Eve Lazarus ISBN 9781927380062, $24 CAN

Sensational Victoria gives us a glimpse into aspects of Victoria rarely talked about in the tourist brochures or flowery garden guidebooks.
Anvil Press

For the Fiction Fan:

Passage on the Cardena

by Mel Dagg ISBN 9781927129340, $19.95 CAN

An unforgettable journey into BC’s coastal history, featuring the legendary steamship Cardena. While on board, Matt befriends soon-to-be-famous painter, Emily Carr who’s searching for a new direction in her art.
TouchWood Editions

The Judge and the Lady

by Marlyn Horsdal ISBN 9781927129319, $19.95 CAN

An engaging portrait of colonial Victoria and Gold Rush–era Cariboo, featuring delightful characters such as Eleanor Wentworth and the fascinating judge Matthew Begbie.
TouchWood Editions

Porcupines and China Dolls

by Robert Arthur Alexie ISBN 9781894778725, $24.95 CAN

Porcupines and China Dolls is a riveting story of a Northern community coming to terms with the terrible experience of residential schools and moving forward.
Theytus Books

Sweet Assorted: 121 Takes From a Tin Box

by Jim Christy ISBN 9781927380055, $20 CAN

For forty years, Jim Christy has thrown seemingly random items from his travels into an old Peek Freans box. The box has provided the ingredients for highly entertaining tales.
Anvil Press

Mayan Horror: How to Survive the End of the World in 2012

by Bob Robertson ISBN 9781897535875, $16 CAN

Mayan Horror: How to Survive the End of the World in 2012 is the handbook you’ll want to have in your pocket when the Mayan Calendar ticks down and all hell breaks loose.
Anvil Press

Tears of Mehndi

by Raminder Sidhu ISBN 9781894759731, $24.95 CAN

A courageous and timely novel, Tears of Mehndi explores the rich, complex and often heartbreaking lives of a tight-knit community in Vancouver’s Little India.
Caitlin Press

The Taste of Ashes

by Sheila Peters ISBN 9781894759779, $24.95 CAN

Two unlikely worlds collide in this story of redemption and the resilience of the human spirit, in its most frail and vulnerable moments.
Caitlin Press

For the Memoir-Lover:


by Kate Braid ISBN 9781894759878, $24.95 CAN

In this provocative and important memoir, Poet Kate Braid tells how she became a carpenter in the1970s in the face of skepticism and discouragement.
Catilin Press

Tse-loh-ne (The People at the End of the Rocks) Journey Down the Davie Trail

by Keith Billington ISBN 9781894759885, $22.95 CAN

Keith Billington’s fascinating memoir about being invited on a challenging yet inspiring traditional Sekani trek through treacherous terrain in Northern BC.
Caitlin Press

My Life with the Salmon

by Diane Jacobson Illustrated by Harold Alfred ISBN 9781894778886, $18.95 CAN

My Life with the Salmon shows Honey’s journey to find a sense of place in life and her community’s efforts to save the salmon.
Theytus Books

For the Young:

I’ll be Home Soon

by Luanne Armstrong< ISBN 9781553801801, $11.95 CAN

Through her search for her mother, and her connections with the people who truly care for her, Regan discovers her own inner strength and independence.
Ronsdale Press

The Salmon Twins

by Caroll Simpson ISBN 9781927051528, $24.95 CAN

Inspired by First Nations’ stories, The Salmon Twins tells the tale of the young twins and shows how working together keeps a community healthy.
Heritage House Publishing