The 10 Bestselling Books in BC Are…


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10. The Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain’s Story
by Colin Henthorne

Few recent events in British Columbia have seized the public mind like the 2006 sinking of the BC Ferries passenger vessel Queen of the North. On the tenth anniversary of the tragedy, Captain Colin Henthorne recalls with accuracy and detail that ill-fated voyage and all its terrible repercussions.
For those interested in: local history, British Columbia, non-fiction.

9. 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.

8. Wolf Island by Nicholas Read, photographs by Ian McAllister

The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister’s luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest’s coast.
For those interested in: wildlife, environment, photography, nature.

7. The Promise of Paradise: Utopian Communities in British Columbia
by Andrew Scott

The West has long attracted visionaries and schemers from around the world. And no other region in North America can outstrip British Columbia for the number of utopian or intentional settlement attempts in the past 150 years. Andrew Scott delves into the dramatic stories of these fascinating, but often doomed, communities.
For those interested in: strange history, British Columbia history, non-fiction.

6. Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature (Revised Edition) by Dan Jason

With over forty years since its original printing, and over 30,000 copies sold, this bestselling guide still remains a trusted and much-consulted reference for those interested in identifying, foraging and growing wild plants for food and medicine. 
For those interested in: natural medicine, nature, wildlife, self-healing.

5. British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season by Denise Marchessault and Caroline West

A celebration of British Columbia through a cook’s palate and a photographer’s lens, this cookbook highlights the province’s diverse edible landscape, from the Pacific Ocean’s seafood to Okanagan fruit.
For those interested in: food, culture, local culture, photography, cooking.

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.