Bounty of books with B.C. connections set for fall reading list

Right now new books are dropping like leaves as cooler temperatures mean hotter sales for publishers.

With all the new titles on the market picking a fall reading list can be a challenge. Do you have a plan or do you wing it when it comes time to curl up with a good book?

Obviously there are the big marquee books on the radar. Michelle Obama’s memoir, new poems from late Leonard Cohen and new novels from Miriam Toews and Ian Rankin are at the ready, but what about staying closer to home and adding some books with B.C. connections to your list?

Here are just 10 of those that fit the B.C. bill.

Ordinary Strangers by Bill Stenson Photo: Mother Tongue Publishing [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Ordinary Strangers

Bill Stenson | Mother Tongue Publishing

Available: Now

Back in 1971 Sage and Della Howard made a stop in Hope on their way to a new life in Fernie.

While in the small town on the Elk River they manage to lose their dog and while looking for it find a toddler alone in the woods.

What do they do? Well, they do the unspeakable and pack the toddler into their car and drive off towards their new life.

The novel won the 4th Great B.C. Novel Contest for the Cowichan Bay writer.

Tilly and the Crazy Eights

Monique Gray Smith | Second Story Press

Available: Now

Victoria author Gray Smith brings back Tilly, the character at the centre of her award-winning 2014 coming of age novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience.

This version of Tilly is all grown up and is a married woman with two kids and questions about her life and future.

Tilly’s emotional journey begins with an actual road trip where she drives eight elders to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque.

The trip, which is not an easy one, is mapped out by various bucket list items of the elders.

Through tears, laughter and much talking the road trip becomes a journey about healing and moving forward.

Gray Smith will be appearing at the Vancouver Writers Festival on Oct. 17, 18 & 21.

Big Lonely Doug: The Story of one of Canada’s Great Trees

Harley Rustad | House of Anansi Press

Available: Now


Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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