Perhaps we can attribute it to the pandemic, which has kept writers at home for longer periods of time. But for some reason there was an onslaught of intriguing books from BC publishers ahead of the holiday season.
This makes it a bit easier for those looking for freebies for people who would rather keep their noses in a novel rather than drink alcohol, use new kitchen utensils, or listen to the latest Beatles sets or of the Rolling Stones.
In this article, the focus is on the printed word and, in the case of Anvil Press The heroines revisited, some controversial photographs. And for climate enthusiasts, a feature article was published today on how increasing greenhouse gas emissions are disrupting hydrological cycles, resulting in massive flooding.
This topic caught our attention via Victoria-based Rocky Mountain Books, which has published the work of water expert Robert William Sandford for many years. this is not the first Georgia Straight cover inspired by a book, and it sure won’t be the last.
With all of that in mind, here are some interesting books from British Columbia listed in no particular order. This is the first in a series of articles we will be posting to Straight.com in the final month of 2021.
Vancouver Vice: Crime and Spectacle in the City’s West End
by Aaron Chapman, Arsenal Pulp Press
Vancouver’s West End was once one of Canada’s sex trade capitals until local residents, including a future counselor named Gordon Price, decided that was not how they wanted their neighborhood. evolved. In Vice President of Vancouver, Aaron Chapman delves into a colorful history of the thriving prostitution scene, along the way uncovering secrets about a controversial “chicken book” believed to have been kept by a prominent local resident named John Michael Lewis. It’s an exciting read populated by well-known Vancouverites, just like Chapman’s other books.
The Heroines Revisited: Photographs by Lincoln Clarkes
by Lincoln Clarkes, Anvil Press
Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes caused a stir with his original photographic series Heroines, published in book form by Anvil Press in 2002. These portraits of marginalized women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been criticized by some as exploitative and celebrated by others. for drawing attention to deep inequalities in the city. In this new edition, Anvil Press has included essays by two academics and a journalist that provide context without resolving the controversy. The photos are memorable, in part because Clarkes insisted that her subjects, including some who later disappeared, look directly into the camera. But it’s the essays that define why these images remain an important chapter in the history of the Downtown Eastside.
Bramah and the beggar
by Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Éditions Nightwood
This is a one-of-a-kind book in British Columbia: an epic fantasy in verse about a female locksmith and an orphaned beggar who help survivors of climate degradation. In preparation for ten years, the work of Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the first of her series THOT J BAP, which is inspired by the work of Homer The odyssey, the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata, and Thousand and one Night, a.k.a The thousand and One Nights. Bramah and the beggar is not for those who are in a hurry to read one book before moving on to the next. The text should be savored and enjoyed – and reread a second or third time to find deeper meanings.
Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous Peoples and How to Fix it
by Bruce McIvor, Nightwood editions
This collection of essays by renowned lawyer Bruce McIvor is a must read for anyone trying to understand why it is imperative for British Columbia to come to terms with its disrespect for Indigenous land rights. It helps readers understand the crucial differences between traditional Aboriginal governance and elected chiefs and councils that are a product of the Indian Act. Both systemic racism and treaty rights are covered as well as his Métis childhood experience in Manitoba. Dead end received rave reviews from Price paid author Bev Sellars and UBC professor Peter A. Allard School of Law Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), which should give a lot of confidence to anyone considering buying this book for a friend or loved one. Dear.
Always carry a candle: a nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
by Marion McKinnon Crook, Heritage House Publishing
Healthcare workers have become our modern-day saints, given the courage many of them displayed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But they weren’t always so admired. Marion McKinnon Crook’s memoir describes what it was like to travel through the interior of British Columbia as a public health nurse in the 1960s. She immunized dozens of children and lost herself. also busy with difficult patients and arrogant doctors. If you want to know what frontline health care looked like in this province over 50 years ago, this book is for you (or the health worker on your holiday shopping list). It has been on the BC bestseller list for 26 straight weeks.
Deep, Dark and Dangerous: The Story of British Columbia’s World Class Submarine Technology Industry
by Vickie Jensen, Harbor Publishing
This is a very good book on a subject that is rarely talked about in the media these days. Near the start of Deep, dark and dangerous, Vickie Jensen shares the incredible story of Newt Suit inventor Phil Nuytten. He dived in Burrard Inlet after the Second Narrows Bridge collapsed on June 17, 1958, hoping to save the ironworkers who had fallen into the water. From there, the author serves a group of mavericks who put BC on the right path to becoming a leader in underwater technology. Jensen, editor of West Coast Sailor, is used to writing stories about the sea, and it shows in her latest book.
British Columbia mushrooms
by Andy MacKinnon and Kem Luther, Royal BC Museum
This astonishing reference book written by two mushroom experts features beautiful photographs and insightful descriptions of many species of fungi in British Columbia. It is ideal for hobbyist mushroom pickers as it might prevent them from picking poisonous mushrooms. British Columbia lawyer Michael Doherty summed it up in a message to Law: “If you’re the kind of person who goes to a guide when you see a bird, or an animal, or a tree that you don’t recognize, well, now you can do the same with mushrooms.”