Ancestry and legacy

The closing novel of the McBride Chronicles tetralogy mulls over past and future as it introduces a host of contemporary social issues. —Vanessa Winn reviews Tomorrow, by Valerie Green (Surrey: Hancock House, 2024) $24.95 / 9780888397843

Capturing ‘Lebanon’s enduring nightmare’

“Thomson casts a fictional net over the special hell of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in the 1970s and early 1980s.” Larry Hannant reviews The Struggle Continues: An arduous journey of hope by Christopher Thomson (Victoria: FriesenPress, 2023) $19.49 / 9781039157613

Clothe local

“If all you do is read the textile manifesto, you’ll come away with a lot to think about. But this book really shines in later sections, where McCabe brings us the stories of the people who work on the land and share relationships with their fibre, all combined with useful reference material.” Sarah Thornton reviews Fleece and Fibre: Textile Producers of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by Francine McCabe (Victoria: Heritage House, 2023) $34.95 / 9781772034530

Where ‘words wander about’

“It seems to me that Kevin’s book documents his research into myriad formal and semantic possibilities, engaging in a practice that endeavours to stretch poetic narratives and structures.” —Steven Ross Smith reviews A Bouquet Brought Back from Space, by Kevin Spenst (Vancouver: Anvil Press Publishers, 2024) $18.00 / 9781772142259

The horror! The horror! The horror!

A meister with horror tropes, a debut novelist turns terror-at-home into a mind-bending, spine-tingling entertainment. —Zoe McKenna reviews We Used to Live Here, by Marcus Kliewer (New York: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2024) $34.99 / 9781982198787

‘Violet notions’

A poet’s pensive and playful debut volume is also “probing, inventive, clever, fun, provocative, and challenging.” —Steven Ross Smith reviews [about]ness, by Eimear Laffan (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2023) $19.95 / 9780228019022

A river’s tale

In an illustrated history of the Pacific Northwest, the venerable Columbia River recalls the ups and downs of its 20-million-year lifespan. —Ron Verzuh reviews The Heart of a River, by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes (illustrated by Nichola Lytle) (Victoria: Rocky Mountain Books, 2024) $25.00 / 9781771606998

Where salmon once swam

“Pearkes has issued an environmental warning…” Ron Verzuh reviews A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes (Victoria: Rocky Mountain Books, 2024) $25 / 9781771605236

Colonial diary for historical context

“Reading the Diaries of Henry Trent is valuable in showing contemporary readers that life’s choices have ways of kicking back against more expected plotlines.” Reading the Diaries of Henry Trent: The Everyday Life of a Canadian Englishman, 1842-1898 by J. I. Little (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021) $37.95 / 9780228006619

Discovering urban nature through art

“Her great horned owl sketch graces the cover of this engaging journal that chronicles the places and species most likely to catch your attention from the smelly scales of a shaggy scalycap mushroom she found in Pacific Spirit Park to the unique preening toenail of a great blue heron that she watched at Jericho.” Briony Penn reviews Exploring Vancouver Naturehoods: An Artist’s Sketchbook Journal by Vicky Earle (Vancouver: Midtown Press, 2023) $24.95 / 9781988242484

MacDonald’s vision

“To See What He Saw is the work of many a decade and a packed tome of MacDonald’s paintings in O’Hara but the text, in this solid and sound book, reveals much about the history of O’Hara, MacDonald’s vision of depicting the weather seasons, mountains, lakes, cabins, and trees (occasionally people) but also the friendships developed when in O’Hara.” Ron Dart reviews To See What He Saw: J.E.H. MacDonald and the O’Hara Years: 1924-1932 by Stanley Munn and Patricia Cucman (Vancouver: Figure 1 Publishing, in collaboration with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 2024) $65.00 / 9781773272504

‘Nuanced mountain and landscape life’

“I have been fortunate to do many a trek in the mountains with Arnold, him always with a sketch pad and, when resting, pad out and pencil at work.” Ron Dart reviews Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives
Bill Jeffries, Darrin Martens, and Glenn Woodsworth (eds.)(Vancouver: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Art Gallery, and Tricouni Press, 2012) $39.95 / 9780981153612

‘The bright spots, and dark corners…’

“If you’re one of those people who love reading about the province, this title is an essential addition to your bookshelf.” Dave Flawse reviews Points of Interest: In Search of the Places, People, and Stories of BC by David Beers and andrea bennett (eds.) (Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2024) $24.95 / 9781778401381

‘How did it get here?’

“Varner’s book isn’t just a field guide, it will alter how you see the botanical world: invasive plants are everywhere.” Dave Flawse reviews Invasive Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner (Victoria: Heritage House, 2022) $24.95 / 9781772034134

Enviro-kids

In a pair of picture books, a young audience can learn about the wonders of the sea… and even a back yard. —Ginny Ratsoy reviews Have You Ever Heard a Whale Exhale?, by Caroline Woodward (illustrated by Claire Victoria Watson) (Charlottetown: Pownall Street Press, 2024) $24.95 / 9781998129072 and Bompa’s Insect Expedition, by David Suzuki with Tanya Lloyd Kyi (illustrated by Qin Leng) (Vancouver: Greystone Kids, 2023) $23.95 / 9781771648820

The ‘expressive, unearthly power of weird’

An assassin, an animal ghost, and a reality TV episode hosted by twin psychics are just a samplings of the goings-on in the finalé of a small town-set comic trilogy. —Ron Verzuh reviews The Vicar Vortex, by Vince R. Ditrich (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2024) $21.99 / 9781459747319

It was something you drank

“This book is a history lesson, required reading for those who come late to the struggle and wonder why nothing has been done.” Wendy Burton reviews Water Confidential: Witnessing Justice Denied – The Fight for Safe Drinking Water in Indigenous and Rural Communities in Canada by Susan Blacklin (Qualicum Beach: Caitlin Press, 2024) $24.95 / 9781773861319

Embodiment as spiritual practice

“It is a book for those who are ‘too much.’ A wary reader will, within a few pages, find resonance examples of too much: too loud, too tall, too fat, too brown, too….” Wendy Burton reviews Your Body is a Revolution: Healing Our Relationship with Our Bodies, Each Other, and the Earth by Tara Teng (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2023) $23.99 / 9781459752863

Thrills, suspects, paranoia

Adept thriller is a welcome cause for “a single session of binge-reading punctuated with that rapturous state of feeling appalled at human behaviour.” —Jessica Poon reviews The Haters, by Robyn Harding (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2024) $29.00 / 9781538766101

This is a worrying book

“History is never simple and nor is the truth. The sooner everyone steps away from the rhetoric of genocide on the one hand and benign paternalism on the other, the better in terms of healing those who feel they need it, and their reconciliation with those whom they feel were responsible.” Richard Butler reviews Grave Error: How the Media Misled Us (and the Truth about Residential Schools) by C.P. Champion and Tom Flanagan (eds.) (Ottawa: True North/Dorchester Books, 2023) $21.00 / 9798867599317

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