Ten British Columbia Books To Add To Your Summer Reading Pile

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Authors in British Columbia offer many options for fiction and non-fiction books.

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Now that we’re in a more optimistic summer frame of mind, it’s time to talk about books. As in, which ones should you put in your beach bag, backpack, or stack next to the lounge chair on the deck this season?

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Here are 10 titles from British Columbia writers that will make great companions, whether you’re sitting in the shade, in the sun, or on a BC Ferry:

Astra

By Cedar Bowers

McClelland and Stewart

Cedar Bowers of Victoria / Galiano Island begins her writing career with the story of a woman seen through the eyes of others she meets throughout her life.

The reader travels with the child from a remote community in British Columbia as she grows up and travels around the world. Every relationship is tinged with sadness, a little bit of madness, and a desire to connect properly. There are many people who move around Astra’s orbit and they also need healthy human relationships.

Bushman’s Lair: on the trail of the Shuswap fugitive

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By Paul McKendrick

Port editions

Almost 20 years ago, people visiting Lake Shuswap on a barge stumbled upon a mysterious cave and, no, it was not a secret rave location, but rather the home port of cabin thief John. Bjornstrom, aka the Bushman of the Shuswap.

In this stranger than fiction and intriguing story, Paul McKendrick sets out to unbox and understand the complicated and colorful story of this enigmatic figure that has left many people guessing.

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

By Suzanne Simard

Penguin Random House Canada

With a film adaptation of this story starring Amy Adams looming, you might want to get to the book before Hollywood makes its way with the story. A media sensation in recent months, Suzanne Simard has opened the eyes of the world to the wonderfully complex and interconnected world of trees. A professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Simard is the authority on communication and plant intelligence. In this first book, she shows us that trees are part of a forest social network, a wooden telephone line, if you will, that cooperates through underground networks of fungi and roots.

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Oh, and unsurprisingly, she says, clearcutting is a huge problem because it breaks the necessary communication network within a healthy forest.

Care of: letters, connections and remedies

By Ivan Coyote

McClelland and Stewart

So what does a speech artist do when a health pandemic blocks your livelihood?

If you’re artist, author, and activist Ivan Coyote, you’ll hide out in London, Ontario with your partner and finally answer your mail.

One of Canada’s most beloved storytellers, Coyote pulls emails, handwritten notes left on his windshield, Facebook posts and actual printed letters for this intimate, heartwarming and at times sad dive into what is happening. goes through people’s heads.

Everything but a still life

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By Nathan M. Greenfield

Goose Lane editions

While not technically a book by a BC writer, it does feature two very interesting characters who spent time here in the province.

Anything But a Still Life tells the story of Vancouver native Molly Lamb and Bruno Bobak. Both partners first gained attention as war artists documenting World War II. Lamb, for the record, was the first official Canadian war artist and Bobak was the youngest war artist. These remarkable achievements aside, the two have become two of the most important Canadian artists of the 20th century with their works landing in museums and on stamps.

Filled with stunning imagery – Lamb’s North Vancouver Ferry, 1950, is distinctly the West Coast – Greenfield’s new biography brings the artists and the art world in which they worked to life.

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The rebel tide

By Eddy Boudel Tan

Dundurn Press

Release July 13

This second novel by 2021 Vancouver writer and Writers Trust Rising Star Eddy Boudel Tan arrives on the high seas as a young man poses as a crew member on a luxury liner to get to know each other, aka Stalk, the father he thinks abandoned his pregnant mother three decades ago. Set in the microcosm of a ship, this story examines themes of family, identity, power and helplessness as it sails.

We want what we want: stories

By Alix Ohlin

Astoria

Release July 27

Alix Ohlin, two-time Giller Award author and chair of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, is back with a top-notch collection of surprising and entertaining short stories. The stories are full of twists and turns and many “ooohh” moments. As in the story Money, Geography, Youth, when a young woman returns from a volunteering trip abroad and finds that her childhood best friend has been promoted from her father’s intern to her fiancee.

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Ohlin writes this when the girl and the friend come face to face: Vanessa thought that if she said, “We didn’t plan it, it just happened”, I’m going to kill her or kill myself.

Dark roads

By Chevy Stevens

Saint-Martin press

Released on August 3

Chevy Stevens, bestselling author of The New York Times from Nanaimo, is back with another thriller. This time, Stevens places the mystery atop a remote highway in the interior of British Columbia that has a reputation for being a very dangerous place for young women. Yes it is fair to think of the tragedy that is the real Highway of Tears in British Columbia

Unraveling the story in the book are the two narrators who search for difficult answers to some dark questions on their own.

Buckle up for this one, and most importantly hang on tight for the end.

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The perfect family

By Robyn Harding

Gallery Books

Released on August 10

It’s a burnt-out beach reading if there ever was one. In this new novel by bestselling author Robyn Harding of The Swap, the tome gives us the Adler family and a classic “things-not-as-they-appear” story. In this case, parents Thomas and Viv have great jobs, a nice house and children. Then one day their brilliant life begins to crack as they are targeted by what they initially think are a bunch of bored and seedy teenage vandals.

Flash info: This is not the case.

Five little Indians

By Michelle Bon

Vivace Harper / HarperCollins

In case you missed this novel when it released a year ago, here’s a reminder to put this book written by Michelle Good on your summer reading list. The Governor General’s Award-winning novel Good’s tells the story of five First Nations children who were torn from their families and placed in a church-run Vancouver Island boarding school, and whose paths cross. cross over the decades. This debut novel is remarkable and so relevant that the atrocities of Canada’s residential school system, including in Good’s hometown of Kamloops, are rightly exposed and incorporated into our daily conversations.

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