Welcoming the World
BC’s theatres, art galleries, world-class restaurants, and festivals will be strutting their stuff during the Cultural Olympiad but there’s nothing like curling up with a book. BC publishers welcome visitors to our fine province and invite you to explore the beauty, the history, the literary culture and the dynamism of our province through our books.
BC publishers produce over 1,500 titles a year. Enrich your visit by reading BC.
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Apples Under the Bed: Recollections and Recipes from B.C. Writers and Artists
edited by Joan Coldwell, ISBN 978-0-9736882-4-5, $27.95 CAD
Thirty-one B.C. writers and artists from a variety of backgrounds reminisce about how and when they learned to cook, with sample recipes from the different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that make up the province’s vibrant mosaic.
by George Bowering, ISBN 978-1-55420-045-8, $19.00 CAD
Ten new stories of 1960s Vancouver –introduced by archival photographs– from Canada’s first Poet Laureate and Governor-General Award winner, author George Bowering.
Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia
by Donald Luxton, ISBN 978-0-88922-554-1, $39.95 CAD
Printed in two colours throughout and richly illustrated with over six hundred photographs and duotones of these architects’ most important works, Building the West tells the stories, discovers the hopes and aspirations, and celebrates the successes and accomplishments of the early architects of British Columbia.
Canadian Rockies Panorama
by Stephen Flagler, ISBN 978-1-897522-22-6, $19.95 CAD
Currently available in English, Korean and Chinese, this book is a beautiful photographic collection of all the most significant and most-visited mountain landmarks- from Waterton Lakes to Kananaskis, from Banff to Lake Louise, and from Athabasca Glacier to Jasper.
City of Glass – Revised and Updated
by Douglas Coupland, ISBN 978-1-55365-359-2, $24.95 CAD
Fully redesigned, the iconic bestselling book of Coupland’s personal reflections on his home city, which gave rise to the city’s international moniker, City of Glass.
The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics – Vancouver 2010 Edition
by David Wallechinsky & Jamie Loucky, ISBN 978-1-55365-502-2, $28.95 CAD
The “Bible of the Winter Olympics,” filled with history, statistics, and anecdotes ranging from the astonishing to the bizarre.
The Crazy Canucks: Canada’s Legendary Ski Team
by Janet Love Morrison, ISBN 978-1-55017-432-8, $34.95 CAD
Janet Love Morrison chronicles the Canuck’s journey on the competitive skiing circuit of the ’70s and ’80s, race by race and season by season.
Death in Vancouver
by Garry Thomas Morse, ISBN 978-0-88922-607-4, $19.95 CAD
This brilliant collection of avant-garde ﬁction reveals edgy new voices that reﬂect the cultural simultaneity of our cosmopolitan everyday.
Drinking Vancouver: 100+ Great Bars in the City and Beyond
by John Lee, ISBN 978-1-894898-96-6, $19.95 CAD
With sharp, witty reviews of the best spots in town to slake your thirst, this is the pocket-sized booze bible for locals and visitors craving a night out on the town. www.touchwoodeditions.com
Images from the Likeness House
by Dan Savard, ISBN 978-0-7726-6150-0, $39.95 CAD
Featuring more than 250 photographs, this book shows the relationship between First Peoples in BC and the photographers who made images of them from 1850 to 1930.
Imagining British Columbia: Land, Memory & Place
Daniel Francis, ed., ISBN 978-1895636-90-1, $18.00 CAD
Some of Canada’s best-known writers, all members of the Federation of BC Writers, are featured in this anthology, including Pauline Holdstock, Harold Rhenisch, George Fetherling, Howie White, Katherine Gordon, and, M.A.C. Farrant.
Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art, Vol.1
by Jim Gilbert & Karin Clark, ISBN 978-0-9692979-3-9, $34.95 CAD
This comprehensive work, containing over 800 illustrations in both traditional and contemporary art styles, is one of the most thorough reference works available on Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations two-dimensional art.
The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack
by Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard, ISBN 978-0-88922-640-1, $24.95 CAD
Olympic visitors, tourists to Canada, and British Columbians can now embark on a journey of cross-cultural comprehension and enrichment with the release of The Lil’wat World of Charlie Mack, by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard, which records and re-contextualizes many Lil’wat stories as told to the ethnologists by this elder over a two-decade period.
by Lilia D’Acres & Donald Luxton, ISBN 978-0-88922-416-2, $34.95 CAD
Like all great historic landmarks, the Lions Gate Bridge remains a source of powerful, sometimes illuminating, sometimes mysterious stories of the people and times which gave birth to it.
Miga, Quatchi and/et Sumi
by Michael Murphy & Vicki Wong, ISBN 978-1-55285-958-2, $14.95 CAD
Get to know the lovable mascots—and their sidekick—of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games!
by Sara Leach, illustrated by Steven Corvelo, ISBN 978-0-9782818-1-6, $9.95 CAD
A colorful counting book for children two to six about the antics of the gondolas, groomers, bull wheels and pipe dragons that run a ski resort.
Pacific Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art: What Am I Seeing?
by Karin Clark, ISBN 978-0-9736769-4-5, $14.95 CAD
This guide book uses 112 colour illustrations with descriptions to give you a glimpse of Pacific Northwest Coast aboriginal art and to whet your appetite for learning more about B.C.’s vibrant, complex aboriginal cultures – also available in French, German and Spanish.
People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations
contributions by Aaron Nelson-Moody, Debbie Sparrow, Deborah Jacobs, Gary Fiegehen, Johnny Abraham, and Zach George, ISBN 978-1-894778-77-0, $36.95
These stories link people to the land and to each other and pass on traditional knowledge and history.
Portrait of the Canadian Rockies
by Elizabeth Wilson, ISBN 978-1-897522-18-9, $14.95 CAD
A collection of over five dozen of the best-loved views in the Rockies with spectacular images from Canada’s most spectacular National Parks including Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Waterfalls, wildlife, lakes, flowers, canyons and mountains are combined to show off the incredible natural harmony of one of the world’s most beautiful places. www.rmbooks.com
Public Art in Vancouver: Angels Among Lions
by John Steil & Aileen Stalker, ISBN 978-1-894898-79-9, $19.95 CAD
Featuring more than 500 public art installations from around Vancouver, this is the essential guide for tourists and residents wanting to learn more about the city’s urban gems. www.touchwoodeditions.com
Simon Says Gold: Simon Whitfield’s Pursuit of Athletic Excellence
by Simon Whitfield with Cleve Dheensaw, ISBN 978-1-55469-141-8, $14.00 CAD
Simon Whitfield describes his personal journey to glory as triathlon’s first Olympic champion in Sydney Australia 2000.
The Totem Poles of Stanley Park
by Vickie Jensen, ISBN 978-0-9681610-1-2, $9.95 CAD
This recently updated 88-page guidebook features lively text, photographs, illustrations, and the newest Coast Salish additions to Vancouver’s famous park. www.westcoastwords.com
Vancouver: A Poem
by George Stanley, ISBN 978-1-55420-038-2, $18.00 CAD
George Stanley’s vision of his adopted hometown of Vancouver, with its landmarks, the environment and its history, was a finalist for the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
Vancouver: A Visual History
by Bruce MacDonald, ISBN 978-0-88922-311-0, $60.00 CAD
This stunning full-colour historical atlas brings alive Vancouver’s ﬁrst 14 decades.
by Charles Demers, ISBN 978-1-55152-294-4, $24.95 CAD
In this love letter to the city, Charles Demers looks at the past, present and future of Vancouver, with stunning photography by Emmanuel Buenviaje.
by John Lee, ISBN 978-1-894974-90-5, $19.95 CAD
Go beyond the usual sights. Trek the rainforest, stroll the waterfront, or nosh and shop. Each walk includes a map, historical information and recommended stops.
The West is Calling
by Sarah N. Harvey & Leslie Buffam, ISBN 978-1-55143-936-5, $19.95 CAD
Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, The West is Calling is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of one hundred and fifty years of British Columbia’s history.
When Falcons Fly: The Story of the World’s First Olympic Gold Hockey Team
by David Square, ISBN 978-0-9782818-0-9, $15.95 CAD
The story of the Icelandic Canadian boys who faced racial prejudice and poverty to win the world’s first Olympic hockey gold medal in 1920.
Wild Beauty: A Visual Exploration of BC
by Al Harvey, ISBN 978-1-89497-493-6, $29.95 CAN
Part travel guide, part geography lesson, this visually stunning book invites long-time residents and adventurous tourists alike to journey to BC’s special places. www.heritagehouse.ca
Women On Ice: The Early Years of Women’s Hockey in Western Canada
by Wayne Norton, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6, $21.95 CAD
Women on Ice is the fascinating but largely forgotten story about the vibrant world of women’s ice hockey in western Canada during the First World War and the 1920s.
by Carellin Brooks, ISBN 978-1-55420-031-8, $19.00 CAD
The first guide to everything you always wanted to know about Wreck Beach, Vancouver’s clothing-optional slice of beach haven. Includes history, and practical and insider information.