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The Whistler Public Library will be celebrating BC Book and Magazine Week April 20-27. British Columbia has a vibrant writing scene. It develops its home-grown talent as well as being an attractive destination for writers. Among its residents are the popular science fiction writers Spider Robinson and William Gibson, mystery writers Lawrence Gough and the late L.R. Wright, fantasy writer Jack Whyte, well recognized writers Douglas Coupland, Nick Bantock, W.P. Kinsella, and Evelyn Lau. Exciting emerging talents include Lynn Coady and Karen Tulchinsky. There are also many prominent BC children’s authors including Linda Bailey, Eric Wilson, Diane Swanson and Julie Lawson.

There is a significant local publishing industry producing histories, children’s books, and fiction and literature. Between 1998 and 1999 the total sales of BC published books was over $79 million.

Help celebrate BC writers and publishing by reading a BC book today. Here are some recommendations:

Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

Sabine’s Notebook

The Golden Mean

By Nick Bantock

With three million copies in print, the Griffin & Sabine Trilogy has captivated readers worldwide with the saga of two unlikely lovers and the conspiratorial thrill of reading their private correspondence.

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

The story of Ray Kinsella’s devotion to building a baseball diamond in his cornfield to honour his sports hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson. The book was the basis for the successful Hollywood film, Field of Dreams .

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

Winner of the 2001 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

In the remote town of Kitamaat, B.C., on a quiet Indian reserve, 20-year-old Lisamarie grows restless. She jumps into her speedboat and races to Monkey Beach, the shore famous for Sasquatch sightings. What Lisamarie is searching for in this rare coming-of-age novel is her brother Jimmy and her own answers to life.

How Come the Best Clues are Always in the Garbage? By Linda Bailey

Stevie Diamond, kid detective, with the help of her neighbour, Jessie, begins searching for clues in their neighbourhood as they try to find the thief who stole Stevie’s mother’s money from their kitchen table.

All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland

Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo

The Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte

For Kids:

Cougar Cove by Julie Lawson

Back of Beyond by Sarah Ellis

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