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Tinsmith 1865

by Sara Dahmen
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When her tinsmith father and brothers head West, Polish immigrant Marie Kotlarczyk has no choice but to go along. Family, after all, is family. The Dakota Territories are anything but welcoming to the Kotlarczyks, and as the months trip by, Marie must pick up the hammers she's secretly desired but also feared. When she faces the skeptical people of …

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Widow 1881

by Sara Dahmen
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Proper Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories under layers of lies to save her reputation. Stirring up controversy, Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town while navigating a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer. In Flats Junction, though, everyone has an untold story. Battling her shortcomings, f …

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The Lieutenant Governors of British Columbia

The Lieutenant Governors of British Columbia

by Jenny Clayton, foreword by Janet Austin
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tagged : presidents & heads of state, historical

The office of Lieutenant Governor has been a constant in British Columbia from the province’s colonial beginnings to the modern era. Originally tasked with selecting the province’s premier and giving royal assent to provincial legislation, and invested with the power to dismiss governments, the role of the Crown’s representative has continual …

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Raincoast Chronicles 24

Raincoast Chronicles 24

Cougar Companions: Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs
by Judith Williams
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tagged : post-confederation (1867-), historical, adventurers & explorers

Of the settlers, prospectors, trappers, mountaineers and loggers who came to British Columbia’s remote Bute Inlet between the 1890s and the 1940s, few remained long. August Schnarr, however, trapped far up the Homathko and Southgate Rivers and logged the inlet shores from 1910 until the 1960s. An adventurous photographer, August strapped his Koda …

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A Deceptive Devotion

A Deceptive Devotion

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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Wedding bells, a grisly murder, and a defecting Russian spy bring drama to King’s Cove in the newest Lane Winslow mystery, a series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific.”

A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess f …

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James Macleod

James Macleod

The Red Coats' First True Leader
by Elle Andra-Warner
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A vivid account of the life and times of the larger-than-life Canadian hero who played a major role in the peaceful development of western Canada.

A descendant of warriors, chiefs, and military men of the Clan MacLeod, James A.F. Macleod led an adventurous life that took him from his birthplace on Scotland's Isle of Skye to the Canadian west. After …

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Cornelius O'Keefe

Cornelius O'Keefe

The Life, Loves, and Legacy of an Okanagan Rancher
by Sherri Field, foreword by Ken Mather
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An entertaining biography of cattle baron and land magnate Cornelius O’Keefe, founder of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch.

From humble beginnings to a life of prosperity in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Cornelius O’Keefe is best known today through the historic ranch in Vernon, BC, that still bears his name. Established in 1867, the O’Keefe Ra …

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Doublespeak

Doublespeak

A Novel
by Alisa Smith
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Lieutenant Lena Stillman has been left, nearly alone, on her code-breaking mission in remote Alaska. World War II has been over for a month, but due to crimes committed a lifetime ago, Lena is still under the control of the powerful Miss Maggie, her spymaster in Washington, DC.

Shaken by her role in the disappearance of Corporal Link Hughes, Lena ye …

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Redpatch

Redpatch

by Sean Harris Oliver & Raes Calvert
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tagged : canadian, post-confederation (1867-), historical

This is the story of a Métis soldier fighting for Canada on the Western Front of Europe during World War I. Vancouver 1914: a young Indigenous man named Jonathon Woodrow, desperate to prove himself as a warrior, enlists to fight in the Canadian army. Relying on his experience in hunting and wilderness survival, Private Woodrow quickly becomes one …

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A Sorrowful Sanctuary

A Sorrowful Sanctuary

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific,” Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King’s Cove.

Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked …

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Following the Curve of Time

Following the Curve of Time

The Untold Story of Capi Blanchet
by Cathy Converse
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A paperback edition of the BC Book Award–nominated biography of Capi Blanchet, the author of the BC coastal classic, The Curve of Time.

After her husband died in 1926 from a suspected drowning, Capi Blanchet spent every summer cruising BC’s west coast with her five children and their dog in the family’s 25-foot boat. The Curve of Time is the b …

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The Cowkeeper's Wish

The Cowkeeper's Wish

A Genealogical Journey
by Tracy Kasaboski & Kristen Den Hartog
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In the 1840s, a young cowkeeper and his wife arrive in London, England, having walked from coastal Wales with their cattle. They hope to escape poverty, but instead they plunge deeper into it, and the family, ensconced in one of London’s “black holes,” remains mired there for generations. The Cowkeeper’s Wish follows the couple’s descenda …

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Against the Current

Against the Current

The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron
by Cathy Converse
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Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

 

The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.

Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the …

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Anna, Like Thunder

Anna, Like Thunder

A Novel
by Peggy Herring
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In 1808, the Russian Ship St. Nikolai ran aground off the Olympic Peninsula; this novel is based on this astounding historical event and the lives of the people affected.

In 1808, eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina is aboard the Russian ship St. Nikolai when it runs aground off on the west coast of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. Th …

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It Begins in Betrayal

It Begins in Betrayal

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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Finalist for a 2019 Lefty Award

The fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”

Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to co …

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Threaten to Undo Us

Threaten to Undo Us

by Rose Selier Scott
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As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles and Stalin's army advances, German civilians in the Eastern territories are forced to flee for their lives. Leaving her dying mother, Liesel and her four young children hope they can make it from their home in Poland across the Oder River to safety. But all that awaits them is terror and uncertainty in a brutal new …

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Modo: Ember's End

Modo: Ember's End

by Arthur Slade, illustrated by Christopher Steininger
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Grade: 3 to 7
Reading age: 9 to 12
tagged : action & adventure, science fiction, historical

Modo, who first made his appearance in The Hunchback Assignments, is a young, disfigured spy trained to be the ultimate secret agent. Not only is Modo brilliant and strong, but he also has a special ability: he can temporarily take on the appearance of other people.
While on holiday, Modo and fellow spy Octavia Milkweed find themselves in Ember's E …

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Morrison

Morrison

The Long-lost Memoir of Canada’s Artillery Commander in the Great War
edited by Susan Raby-Dunne, by Edward Morrison Major-General Sir
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The never-before-published memoir of Major-General Sir Edward Morrison, a true Canadian hero of the First World War.

The First World War marked a turning point in Canadian history and in Canada’s self-identification as a nation. Yet in memorializing the iconic events and battles of the War, certain key individuals who participated have been lost i …

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Surveying the Great Divide

Surveying the Great Divide

The Alberta/BC Boundary Survey, 1913-1917
by Jay Sherwood
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First in new photobook series geared to surveying buffs from prolific author and historian, Jay Sherwood. In 1917 Canada commemorated its 50th anniversary against the backdrop of World War I. Although the war effort was the main focus of the&nbspfederal and provincial governments, some important projects continued. The Alberta-BC boundary survey, w …

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City on Edge

City on Edge

A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes
by Kate Bird, foreword by Charles Demers
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A passionate and powerful collection of photographs that proves that, for better or worse, Vancouver knows how to make its voice heard.

Vancouver has long been a city on edge. From the 1907 anti-Asian race riots to the Amchitka protests, from Doukhobor demonstrations to the Stanley Cup riots, Vancouver has a long and rich history of making its opini …

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Oracle Bone

Oracle Bone

by Lydia Kwa
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tagged : historical, magical realism, asian american, ghost

A magic-realist novel set in seventh-century China featuring ghosts, martial arts, and the transformative oracle bone.

Life in seventh-century China teems with magic, fox spirits, and demons; there is a fervent belief that the extraordinary resides within the lives of both commoners and royalty. During the years when the empress Wu Zhao gains ascend …

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Song of Batoche

Song of Batoche

by Maia Caron
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This historical novel reimagines the North-West resistance of 1885 through the Métis women of Batoche, and in particular the rebellious outsider, Josette Lavoie. When Riel arrives from Montana, he discovers that Josette is the granddaughter of Chief Big Bear, whom he needs as an ally, but Josette resists becoming his disciple when she learns that …

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An Old, Cold Grave

An Old, Cold Grave

by Iona Whishaw
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The third book in the popular Lane Winslow mystery series by an author the Globe and Mail has called a “writer to watch.”

It’s early spring of 1947 in idyllic King’s Cove, and the Hughes ladies, mère et filles, are gardening and sorting through the jars of food that have been put up for the winter. But while cleaning up after the roof of th …

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The White Angel

The White Angel

by John MacLachlan Gray
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Vancouver is in an uproar over the death by gunshot of a Scottish nanny, Janet Stewart. An almost deliberately ham-handed police investigation has Constable Hook suspecting a cover-up. The powerful United Council of Scottish Societies is demanding an inquiry. The killing has become a political issue with an election not far away.

The city is buzzing …

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A Bit of Candy in Hard Times

A Bit of Candy in Hard Times

by Blaine Beveridge
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Death in a Darkening Mist

Death in a Darkening Mist

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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The second instalment in the Lane Winslow mystery series; for fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford series.

On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow—a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove in pursuit of a tranquil life—is introduced to the local hot springs. While there she o …

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100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens

100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens

by Lorraine Johnson, by (photographer) Andrew Leyerle
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The key to a carefree garden is to know which plants will thrive under local conditions and which ones are better left at the nursery. With watering restrictions becoming increasingly common, and rising concerns about exotic invasive species, gardeners have to be savvy about plant selection, making native plants both a practical and ecological choi …

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John McCrae

John McCrae

Beyond Flanders Fields
by Susan Raby-Dunne
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Shortlisted, 2018 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award

Most Canadians are familiar with John McCrae through his iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” which was penned on the battlefields of the First World War and remains a symbol of remembrance to this day. Although he will always be remembered as a war poet, the Guelph, Ontario, native was a physici …

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A Killer in King's Cove

A Killer in King's Cove

A Lane Winslow Mystery
by Iona Whishaw
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A smart and enchanting postwar mystery that will appeal to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclec …

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Vancouver in the Seventies

Vancouver in the Seventies

Photos from a Decade That Changed the City
by Kate Bird, introduction by Shelley Fralic, foreword by Douglas Coupland
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Fresh out of the freewheeling sixties, the seventies was a decade of immense change for Vancouver—a time of protest, political upheaval, economic boom, and cultural evolution. Through it all, the Vancouver Sun's award-winning photographers chronicled the city’s metamorphosis. Shooting more than 4,500 photo assignments each year, they covered ne …

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Gold Rush Queen

Gold Rush Queen

The Extraordinary Life of Nellie Cashman
by Thora Kerr Illing
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A biography of the extraordinary Nellie Cashman, a well-loved miner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who lived and worked in the roughest boomtowns of the West in the late-nineteenth century.

At a time when well-bred women wore tight corsets and entertained each other at tea, Nellie Cashman (1845–1925) was trekking for hundreds of miles through bl …

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Gold Rush Queen

Gold Rush Queen

The Extraordinary Life of Nellie Cashman
by Thora Illing
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A biography of the extraordinary Nellie Cashman, a well-loved miner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who lived and worked in the roughest boomtowns of the West in the late-nineteenth century.

At a time when well-bred women wore tight corsets and entertained each other at tea, Nellie Cashman (1845–1925) was trekking for hundreds of miles through bl …

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Portia Bench

Portia Bench

by Robert Boyd
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British Columbia, 1983. Work on a new highway through the province must start immediately in order to be ready for Expo 86. Trying to gain the town of Hope's approval for the project, Highways Minister Clint Matheson dines with Chief Edwin Baptiste, and hears of the First Nations legend of Siaman who haunts Portia Bench, a perfect route through the …

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Hell's Corner

Hell's Corner

An Illustrated History of Canada's Great War, 1914-1918
by J.L. Granatstein
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In the triumphs of their victories and the horrors of their losses, Canadian combatants first tested their military skills on the battlefields of Europe. In Hell's Corner, one of Canada's master historians tells the story of how Canada became involved in World War I, how it fought the war and how it emerged from that conflict a stronger and more un …

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Becoming Lin

Becoming Lin

by Tricia Dower
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It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and her hometown, where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites her passion for social jus …

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The Treasure of Ocracoke Island

The Treasure of Ocracoke Island

by John Gilgren
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Grade: 3 to 7
tagged : action & adventure, historical, sea stories

In the early 1700s, Ocracoke Island, located at the tip of North Carolina's Outer Banks, was the home of Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, the infamous pirate. His reign of terror lasted a mere two years, but during this time he ruled the seas from the Outer Banks to the Caribbean. The end came in 1718 when the British attacked and killed B …

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Two-Gun & Sun

Two-Gun & Sun

by June Hutton
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In 1922 a lone woman arrives in a filthy frontier mining town in the Pacific Northwest. Her goal: to resurrect her dead uncle’s newspaper. Within two days a naked man is shot dead, a famous man is rumoured to be heading their way and the only man capable of fixing her broken-down press so that she might spread this news is a Chinese printer from …

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A Place Called Sorry

A Place Called Sorry

by Donna Milner
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Growing up in the 1930s, Adeline Beale knows little of the outside world or the looming shadows of a second world war. Addie—as her grandfather Chauncey Beynon Beale affectionately calls her—believes that everything she could ever want or need is to be found on Chauncey’s cattle ranch, the place her family calls home, or in the little town tw …

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Tales of the Emperor ebook

Tales of the Emperor ebook

by Jack Winter
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Tales of the Emperor is based on the life of Qin Shi Huang (circa 260–210 BCE), the “First Emperor” – he who unified China, gave it his name, built the Great Wall, entombed an army of terra cotta soldiers, authored legalism, erased history, insinuated governance, and established paranoia as a national characteristic. His dynasty did not out …

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