The 10 Bestselling Books in BC Are…


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10. Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator by Eve Lazarus

Blood, Sweat, and Fear delves into some of the most notorious cases in BC‘s history while giving a sense of what life was like in Vancouver during the first half of the century. At the same time, it reveals the untold story of the personal struggle of John F.C.B. Vance, a scientist who never lost his moral compass in the midst of corruption that reached to the top of the police force and to City Hall.
For those interested in: local history and crime.

9. Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade That Changed the City  
by Kate Bird 

Fresh out of the freewheeling sixties, the seventies was a decade of immense change for Vancouver—a time of protest, political upheaval, economic boom, and cultural evolution. Through it all, the Vancouver Sun‘s award-winning photographers chronicled the city’s metamorphosis. Shooting more than 4,500 photo assignments each year, they covered news, politics, business and industry, sports, entertainment, food, and fashion, without missing a beat.
For those interested in: photography, local history, arts, culture, activism.

8. 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by Jody Robbins

Planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but award-winning freelance travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins puts you on the right path with savvy suggestions for families who are keen to explore Canada with their little loved ones.
For those interested in: travel, Canada, history.

7. Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast

When ten-year-old Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her neighbourhood, Journey rallies her friends and neighbors on the poverty-stricken Eastside. Her infectious enthusiasm for all things panda is hard to resist, and soon she’s getting assistance from every corner of her tight-knit neighborhood.
For those interested in: juvenile fiction, animal rights, history.

6. Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from British Columbia’s Central Interior 

Set in the wild and untamed country of central British Columbia’s Chilcotin Plateau, Chilcotin Chronicles is about men and women caught in its interface of cultures and changing landscape. Indigenous inhabitants and white newcomers brought together by the fur brigades, then later by the gold rush, forged a path together that was uncharted and unpredictable.
For those interested in: BC history, First Nations culture.


5. Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr

A beautiful picture book inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village in Syria as war rages closer to their home.
For those interested in: art, history, politics and current affairs.

4. Hello Humpback! By Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

A bright and bold celebration of the magical West Coast. Ideal for babies and toddlers who are beginning to recognize their natural surroundings.
For those interested in: children’s literature and nature.


3. On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers by Pat Carney 

In this story collection, Pat Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal BC. Featuring a revolving cast of characters—the newly retired couple, the church warden, the musician, the small-town girl with big city dreams—Carney’s keen observations of the personalities and dramas of coastal life are instantly recognizable to readers who are familiar with life in a small community. 
For those interested in: Local history and culture.

2. Embers by Richard Wagamese

An extraordinary and well-curated selection of reflections from one of Canada’s most important First Nations authors. Richard Wagamese extracts life lessons and philosophical musings from daily life, showcasing how we are connected to the universe in every moment.
For those interested in: philosophy and spirituality.

1. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Author Peter Wohlleben makes a convincing case that trees are social beings that behave like human families. Wohelleben shows how groundbreaking scientific research has revealed how trees communicate, support each other, share nutrients, and even warn each other of impending danger.
For those interested in: science, nature and sociology.