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A Year on the Wild Side

A Year on the Wild Side

A West Coast Naturalist's Almanac
by Briony Penn, Ph.D
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Shortlisted for a 2020 BC Yukon Book Prize

A freshly designed, new edition of a funny weekly chronicle that offers a year-long, intimate view of the flora and fauna populating the West Coast.

A Year on the Wild Side is a witty commentary on the social and natural history of Vancouver Island. Composed of 52 essays arranged in 12 monthly chapters, this …

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The Nature of Canada

The Nature of Canada

edited by Colin M. Coates & Graeme Wynn
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Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with the Canadian environment and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada. Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental his …

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Whatever Gets You Through

Whatever Gets You Through

Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault
by Jen Sookfong Lee, edited by Stacey May Fowles
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Personal stories of surviving after the trauma of sexual assault.

In the era of #MeToo, we’ve become better at talking about sexual assault. But sexual assault isn’t limited to a single, terrible moment of violence: it stays with survivors, following them wherever they go.

Through the voices of twelve diverse writers, Whatever Gets You Through o …

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Trout School

Trout School

Lessons from a Fly-Fishing Master
by Mark Hume, with Mo Bradley
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From the wisdom of fishing legend Mo Bradley, an essential guide to fly fishing for trout in the Thompson-Okanagan.

Among fly fishers, the Kamloops region in British Columbia’s Thompson-Okanagan is known as one of the best places in the world for catching trout. It owes its reputation in part to Mo Bradley, a man of humble origins now known as a p …

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Chop Suey Nation

Chop Suey Nation

The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants
by Ann Hui
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In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canada, from Victoria to Fogo Island, to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. It was only after the story was published that she discovered her own family could have been included—her parents had run their own Chinese restaurant, The Legion Cafe, before she …

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What the Poets Are Doing

What the Poets Are Doing

edited by Rob Taylor
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tagged : essays, poetry, canadian

In 2002, Nightwood published Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a successful first-of-its-kind collection of interviews with literary luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Avison, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier and P.K. Page, conducted by “the younger generation” of poets of the day. Sixteen years late …

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Shoelaces Are Hard

Shoelaces Are Hard

And Other Thoughtful Scribbles
by Mike McCardell
edition:Hardcover
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Mike McCardell’s instinct for finding the perfect story at just the right time has led him to a lifetime of great scoops and gripping tales as an author and Vancouver news icon. Years of chasing and reporting human-interest stories have honed his ability to see the deeper meaning behind the everyday, and to capture the universal and familiar in e …

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On the Rocks with Jack Knox

On the Rocks with Jack Knox

Islanders I Will Never Forget
by Jack Knox
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A captivating collection of Jack Knox’s most memorable, heart-warming, inspiring, and off-beat human-interest stories.

Praise for Jack Knox:
“Canada needs more Knox!”—Will Ferguson
“Knox is the most underrated writer in Canada.”—Les Leyne
“There are a few key secrets to a happy life in Victoria—avoiding downtown when the cruise shi …

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Freshly Picked

Freshly Picked

A Locavore's Love Affair with BC's Bounty
by Jane Reid
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Take a delightful journey through BC's extraordinary bounty and explore the secrets of locally grown fruits and vegetables. In Jane Reid's new book, FRESHLY PICKED, foodies, locavores and gardeners will discover fascinating information about the plentiful harvests that BC farmers produce every year. In this beautiful colour edition, Reid shares val …

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Papa Goose

Papa Goose

One Year, Seven Goslings, and the Flight of My Life
by Michael Quetting, foreword by Stacey O'Brien
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The charming true story of one man’s journey to raise seven goslings in the name of science.

Papa Goose is destined to become a classic. This book has everything in it I love: great animals beautifully portrayed as individuals; cool science; drama, discovery, and personal transformation.” – Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of …

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Tuco and the Scattershot World

Tuco and the Scattershot World

A Life with Birds
by Brian Brett
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For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as “Whaddya know?” and announcing “Party time!” when guests showed up at Brett’s farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that th …

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Tree

Tree

A Life Story
by David Suzuki & Wayne Grady, foreword by Peter Wohlleben
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The story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from its cone until, more than five hundred years later, it lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses, and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending.

In this unique biography, David Suzuki and Wayne Grady tell story that spans a millennium and includes a cast …

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Listening to the Bees

Listening to the Bees

by Mark Winston & Renée Sarojini Saklikar
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Listening to the Bees is a collaborative exploration by two writers to illuminate the most profound human questions: Who are we? Who do we want to be in the world?

Through the distinct but complementary lenses of science and poetry, Mark Winston and Renée Saklikar reflect on the tension of being an individual living in a society, and about the deva …

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As A Dog Thinketh

As A Dog Thinketh

Daily Words of Wisdom for Dog People
by Monique Anstee
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Daily reflections, guidance, and sound advice from a top trainer and competitor.

Confused by your canine? Monique Anstee believes we have made dog training much too hard, when it really is very simple. Anstee teaches you to think differently, which will help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

Monique Anstee trains dogs kindly, but effectiv …

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Birdmania

Birdmania

A Remarkable Passion for Birds
by Bernd Brunner, foreword by Pete Dunne, translated by Jane Billinghurst
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"An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself"
— Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection …

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Sustenance

Sustenance

Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food
edited by Rachel Rose
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Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food will bring to the table some of Canada's best contemporary writers, celebrating all that is unique about Vancouver's literary and culinary scene. Punctuated by beautiful local food photographs, interviews with and recipes from some of our top local chefs, each of these short pieces will shock, comfo …

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Opportunity Knox

Opportunity Knox

Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing
by Jack Knox
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Longlisted, 2018 Leacock Medal for Humour

A hilarious collection of Jack Knox's best-loved humour columns.

In this side-splitting follow-up to the bestseller Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Jack Knox presents his best writing, marking his twenty-year anniversary as a humour columnist at the Victoria Times Colonist, the newspaper that made …

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What I Think Happened

What I Think Happened

An Underresearched History of the Western World
by Evany Rosen
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A wickedly funny book in which the author recasts historical events and personalities from her own feminist perspective.

What I Think Happened, the debut book by comedian Evany Rosen, is really two books: a savvy, no-holds-barred romp through the history of the western world, and the personal story of a self-described "failed academic" who recasts …

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At Home in Nature

At Home in Nature

A Life of Unknown Mountains and Deep Wilderness
by Rob Wood
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The compelling story of one family’s life among the rugged landscapes of British Columbia's Coast Mountains, converting youthful ideals, raw land and a passion for the outdoors into a practical off-grid homestead.

Rob Wood grew up in a village on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, where he eventually developed a preoccupation with rock climbing. Aft …

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Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies

Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies

by Tabatha Southey
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Tabatha Southey is possessed of the wisdom of the ages. She understands the psychological struggles of shadowy Russian pee traffickers. She recognizes the PR benefits of puppy-throwing. She has deeply considered the moral quandaries presented by sea-slug penises. She even knows her own bra size (really, please stop asking).

Collected Tarts and Othe …

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True Confessions from the Ninth Concession

True Confessions from the Ninth Concession

The Harrowsmith Years
by Dan Needles
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Author and playwright Dan Needles has long delighted readers and audiences alike with his insightful and laugh-out-loud perspective on small-town life, published in such bestselling books as Wingfield's World (Random House, 2011), Wingfield's Hope (Key Porter, 2005), With Axe and Flask (McFarlane, Walter and Ross, 2002) and Letters From Wingfield F …

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Spindrift

Spindrift

A Canadian Book of the Sea
edited by Anita Hadley & Michael L. Hadley
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Given that Canada has the longest coastline in the world and its motto is "From Sea unto Sea," it is not surprising that virtually every Canadian writer has been inspired to write about some aspect of the sea at some point in their work. As this book shows, those watery passages are some of the very best writing the nation has produced. Journeying …

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Hidden Lives

Hidden Lives

True Stories from People Who Live with Mental Illness
edited by Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden, foreword by Gabor Maté, MD
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A revised and updated edition of a collection of personal essays that illuminate what life is like for those who live with mental illness, and how it impacts their family members.

More than 4 million Canadians and 57 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, and yet there are still considerable stigmas and a great deal of misunders …

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The Moral Work of Nursing

The Moral Work of Nursing

Asking and living with the questions
by Hazel J. Magnussen
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Reviewing and integrating lived experiences in nursing with theory and research, The Moral Work of Nursing is a blend of life story and overview of factors affecting ethical nursing practice during the past 50 years. Reflecting on her 35-year nursing career, studies in health care ethics in the 1980s and recent developments in Canadian health care, …

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The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat

The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat

A Young Woman’s Search for Ethical Food
by Marissa Landrigan
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Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always a black sheep—she barely knew how to boil water for pasta. But at college, she thought she’d discovered her purpose. Buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, she transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with sha …

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Our Place

Our Place

Changing the Nature of Alberta
by Kevin Van Tighem
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A collection of essays and articles that reflect upon the ecology, conservation history, missed opportunities and emerging possibilities of a place that could have been about so much more than oil.

 

Naturalist, hunter, conservation activist and recovering bureaucrat Kevin Van Tighem explores the landscapes and wildlife of one of Canada's most divers …

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One Last Cast

One Last Cast

Reflections of an Outdoor Life
by Bruce Masterman
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One Last Cast is a collection of soul-touching and evocative stories about author and outdoor enthusiast Bruce Masterman's experiences in wild places and with wild critters.

 

Award-winning Alberta writer, journalist and storyteller Bruce Masterman has been a passionate outdoors enthusiast for more than five decades and has explored Alberta's natural …

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Museums at the Crossroads?

Museums at the Crossroads?

Essays on Cultural Institutions in a Time of Change
by Jack Lohman
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In this collection of illuminating essays, Jack Lohman shares his views on the role of museums in the various cultures of the world, on the importance of architecture and design in the personality of a museum, on the challenges of creating resilient cultural institutions in the face of financial crises, and much more. He speaks from the heart and f …

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Casting Back

Casting Back

Sixty Years of Writing and Fishing
by Peter McMullan
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Covering a span of more than 60 years, these classic fishing essays are brought together for the first time, celebrating the thoughts, pleasures and adventures of a devoted angler and renowned storyteller as he fishes some of the timeless streams of the Ireland, New Zealand and British Columbia.

Through the pages of Casting Back Peter McMullan takes …

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Imagine This Valley

Imagine This Valley

Essays and Stories Celebrating the Bow Valley
by Stephen Legault
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Featuring essays from some of the area’s most beloved personalities, this exceptional literary anthology celebrates the landscape, culture, community and natural history of Alberta’s Bow Valley.

Canmore and Banff are collectively renowned for their mountain culture, diverse wildlife and scenes of breathtaking natural splendour. These vibrant mou …

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Hard Knox

Hard Knox

Musings from the Edge of Canada
by Jack Knox
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2017 long-list finalist, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour Writing

In Hard Knox, seasoned columnist and consummate everyman Jack Knox offers up his uniquely hilarious views on Canadian life as seen from the western fringes of the country—in particular from the “Island of Misfit Toys” as he aptly calls his Vancouver Island home. This treasure tr …

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None of This Was Planned

None of This Was Planned

The Stories Behind the Stories
by Mike McCardell
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Mike McCardell has spent his life tracking down thousands upon thousands of stories, from the uplifting to the sobering, from the bizarre to the sublime. As the author of many books and a lifelong reporter, he has stored up a vast collection of anecdotes and is never short of a tale to tell.

With None of This Was Planned, McCardell takes us behind t …

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The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World
by Peter Wohlleben, foreword by Tim Flannery, translated by Jane Billinghurst
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A New York Times bestseller

With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this beautifully-written book journeys deep into the forest to uncover the fascinating—and surprisingly moving—hidden life of trees.

?At once romantic and scientific, [Wohlleben's] view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world.??D …

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Letters to My Grandchildren

Letters to My Grandchildren

by David Suzuki
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...deeply personal and purposefully universal. Suzuki addresses weighty topics in a clear, conversational manner, and his thoughts should be of interest to a wide readership." – Publishers Weekly

 

Advice, stories, and inspiration from a revered leader and thinker

 

In these inspiring letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki speaks passionately …

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Lawyers’ Empire

Lawyers’ Empire

Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950
by W. Wesley Pue
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Approaching the legal profession through the lens of cultural history, Wes Pue explores the social roles that lawyers imagined for themselves in England and its empire from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Each chapter focuses on a moment when lawyers sought to reshape their profession while at the same time imagining they were sha …

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In This Together

In This Together

Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation
general editor Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
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What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, f …

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Boobs

Boobs

Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts
edited by Ruth Daniell
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At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, BOOBS is a diverse collection of stories about the burdens, expectations and pleasures of having breasts. From the agony of puberty and angst of adolescence to the anxiety of aging, these stories and poems go beyond the usual images of breasts found in fashion magazines and movie posters, instead offering dynam …

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Horrors, The

Horrors, The

An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things
by Charles Demers
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A darkly mirthful and alphabetical approach to very bad things from comedian Charles Demers.

Comedian-author Charlie Demers, whose brain-bending brand of black humour will be familiar to followers of CBC Radio's The Debaters, offers his madcap perspective in a new collection of essays highlighting a wide range of topics under the heading of Bad Thin …

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