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Beyond Forgetting

Beyond Forgetting

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Al Purdy (1918–2000), known as Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, wrote poetry that anyone could read. Having come from working-class roots with little in terms of formal education, he wrote in a colloquial style and with a rowdy yet sensitive poetic persona that has captured the hearts of many...

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the bridge from day to night

the bridge from day to night

by Zieroth, David

The title poem in David Zieroth’s the bridge from day to night follows the speaker across the Second Narrows Bridge to North Vancouver, a well-worn moment in a daily commute that opens a window into the sublime: “from the apex / of the bridge with traffic flying / I look directly into / their deepest clefts...

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The Broken Face

The Broken Face

by Thornton, Russell

The poems in The Broken Face explore a sacramental, imaginative vision within contexts of crime, perception, memory and love. In this collection, Russell Thornton returns to the vital themes of intimacy and family, loss, fear and hope, bringing to each poem the essential quality of a myth or incantation...

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Chasing Smoke

Chasing Smoke

by Williams, Aaron

"At first I'm calm as the trees fall. But suddenly a rat's nest of wood, bent horizontal and cribbed into the trees above us, comes down in a rush of a hundred machine gun snaps. Trees caught in the nest flail around before hitting the ground. Our eyes dart everywhere, trying to keep track of every moment. Trees break free and swing themselves like catapults...

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Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands

Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands

by Persons, W. Scott

Home to the 2,500-km Fossil Trail, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and Dinosaur Provincial Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site—the Alberta Badlands have unearthed more species of dinosaurs than anywhere else in the world and hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the fossil beds annually...

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Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How

by James, Rick

At the stroke of one minute past midnight, January 17, 1920, the National Prohibition Act was officially declared in effect in the United States. From 1920 to 1933 the manufacture, sale, importation and transportation of alcohol and, of course, the imbibing of such products, was illegal...

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Dreamers and Designers

Dreamers and Designers

by Mansbridge, Francis

West Vancouver is a community defined by its geography, bordered on three sides by the ocean, backed by mountainous wilderness and threaded by creeks and ravines. This setting has attracted people from all over the world with the prospect of stunning scenery and unparalleled opportunities for outdoor activity...

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A Field Guide to Insects of the Pacific Northwest

A Field Guide to Insects of the Pacific Northwest

by Cannings, Dr. Robert

Insects are all around us, from the butterflies in our gardens to the mosquitoes in the woods. About 80 percent of the 1.5 million named species of animals on earth are insects. Without flower-loving bees, wasps, flies and beetles, most crops and wild plants would not be pollinated and would disappear...

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Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon

Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon

by Ardley, Pat

At age nineteen, Pat Ardley packed up her belongings and left Winnipeg for Vancouver, looking for adventure. Little did she know that she’d spend the next forty years in the wilderness, thirty of which would be spent with a man known as George “Hurricane” Ardley...

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Harry

Harry

by Czajkowski, Chris

Living alone in the remote wilderness, Chris Czajkowski has given her dogs a rich life, although not without its difficulties...

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Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia

Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia

by Kahn, Charles

Nestled in the Strait of Georgia between British Columbia’s mainland and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands are a hiker’s paradise, each boasting an eclectic character and an array of flora and fauna unique to the temperate climate of the southern West Coast of Canada...

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Iron Road West

Iron Road West

by Hayes, Derek

British Columbia wouldn’t exist without the railway; the province was brought into the Canadian Confederation in 1871 in exchange for the promise of a transcontinental line to the West Coast. It was the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1886 that set off economic development in the province, created the city of Vancouver and spurred others to build competing lines...

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It Can Be Done

It Can Be Done

by Stewart, Chick

"Call me Chick. I've been called Chick since I was six years old. If you call me Donald, I'll know you don't know me. In this story, I'll tell you how my life unfolded over the last eight decades: how I got that nickname; how I met and married the most beautiful girl in the world; and how I came to own and operate S & R sawmills in Surrey, British Columbia...

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On the Line

On the Line

by Mickleburgh, Rod

The BC tradition of fighting back against unfair pay and unsafe working conditions has been around since before the colony joined Confederation. In 1849 Scottish labourers at BC’s first coal mine at Fort Rupert went on strike to protest wretched working conditions, and it’s been a wild ride ever since...

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One Eagle Soaring

One Eagle Soaring

by Vickers, Roy Henry

Following on the success of their bestselling board book Hello Humpback!, the celebrated and award-winning authors Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd are back with One Eagle Soaring, the second volume in their exciting new series, First West Coast Books...

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Ranch in the Slocan

Ranch in the Slocan

by Harris, Cole

In 1888, a prosperous industrial family in Calne, Wiltshire, sent one of its younger sons, a lad judged to have no head for business, to Guelph Agricultural College in Ontario to learn to be a farmer. Joseph Colebrook Harris, the author’s grandfather, didn’t take to Ontario and after visiting a friend on Salt Spring Island, fell in love with BC...

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Raven Walks Around the World

Raven Walks Around the World

by Henley, Thom

In 1970, twenty-two-year-old Thom Henley left Michigan and drifted around the northwest coast, getting by on odd jobs and advice from even odder characters...

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Shoelaces are Hard

Shoelaces are Hard

by McCardell, Mike

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 even the strangest and most outlandish events...

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Strange New Country

Strange New Country

by Meggs, Geoff

Salmon gillnetting in the turbulent waters of the Fraser River at the turn of the last century was dangerous, back-breaking work. Skiffs were equipped with a single sail, but most maneuvering had to be accomplished by oars, an almost impossible task against any current or tide...

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Trailer Park Elegy

Trailer Park Elegy

by Hoogland, Cornelia

In response to her brother's sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island's east coast, Trailer Park Elegy reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay...

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Vertical Horizons

Vertical Horizons

by Grant, Douglas M.

"Looking back over thirty years of flying for Okanagan, I see the experience has given me an interesting life. I have never really considered flying as work. It is more a way of life, a way of life that nourishes a free spirit, something that not many jobs can give you. I just cannot imagine anything I would... rather have done or any company I would have rather worked for...

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Views of the Salish Sea

Views of the Salish Sea

by Stewart, Howard Macdonald

It is not mere coincidence that two-thirds of the population of British Columbia occupies lands bordering its great inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, and connected waterways collectively known as the North Salish Sea...

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A West Coast Summer

A West Coast Summer

by Woodward, Caroline

To the sea, to the sea, who or what waits here for me? Pairing two dozen of Carol Evans’s wonderful watercolours with a lilting rhyming story by Caroline Woodward, A West Coast Summer tells of a timeless, idyllic season where “Sea salt in the air floats everywhere / and cedars smell so sweet beside the shore...

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Similar Titles

  • the bridge from day to night
  • The Broken Face
  • Chasing Smoke
  • Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands
  • Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How
  • Dreamers and Designers
  • A Field Guide to Insects of the Pacific Northwest
  • Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon
  • Harry
  • Hiking the Gulf Islands of British Columbia
  • Iron Road West
  • It Can Be Done
  • On the Line
  • One Eagle Soaring
  • Ranch in the Slocan
  • Raven Walks Around the World
  • Shoelaces are Hard
  • Strange New Country
  • Trailer Park Elegy
  • Vertical Horizons
  • Views of the Salish Sea
  • A West Coast Summer
  • Beyond Forgetting
 

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