Local books to buy as gifts this Christmas

A list of books written by local authors just in time for the holidays.

  • Dec. 21, 2015 8:00 p.m.

This list of local books from the Williams Lake area is compiled from the new website BC Books Online, which enables librarians, booksellers, educators, and the public alike to easily browse thousands of books from the province’s publishers, for the first time through one central location.

Gerry, Get Your Gun: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/G/Gerry-Get-Your-Gun

by Gerry Bracewell

“The autobiography of BC’s first woman to become a licensed hunting guide, the legendary Gerry Bracewell.”

Author’s local connection: Spent most of her life in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Available at your local bookstore.

Pack Em Up, Ride Em Out: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/P/Pack-em-Up-Ride-em-Out

by Tania Millen

“What better way to survive the winter than by planning a summer adventure by horseback? These fourteen multiday horse pack trips will take experienced backcountry riders, inspired novice riders and avid hikers from the snow-capped mountains and flower-strewn meadows of the Chilcotin to volcanic landforms in Tweedsmuir Park and on the Spatsizi Plateau, from the familiar sights of Banff and Jasper National Parks to the less familiar Rocky Mountain parks of Kakwa and Mount Assiniboine.”

Author’s local connection: Some pack trips in areas nearby Williams Lake.


A Place Called Sorry: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/A/A-Place-Called-Sorry

by Donna Milner

“The Chilcotin War casts a long shadow in the new family saga from bestselling author Donna Milner.”

Author’s local connection: Lives in Williams Lake.


Sonia: The Life of Bohemian, Rancher and Artist Sonia Cornwall, 1919-2006: http://caitlin-press.com/our-books/sonia/

by Sheryl Salloum

“Independent and driven, Sonia Cornwall developed a distinct style that captured the nuances of the rugged interior, doing for British Columbia’s Central Interior what Emily Carr did for the Coast.”

Author’s local connection: Author launched book recently at Central Cariboo Arts Centre. Sonia Cornwall is well-known in Williams Lake area, as her home and the subject of her art was that region.


Rom Com: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/R/Rom-Com

by Dina Del Bucchia & Daniel Zomparelli

“The book mines the conventions of romantic comedy, as well as the content of actual romantic comedies, with the kind of deep sympathy and sense of humour you’re only really able to pull off when you really love the thing you’re making fun of. … whip-smart and extremely fun to read.”

Author’s local connection: Dina Del Bucchia was born and raised in Fruitvale, B.C. Both authors are from BC. Perhaps BC’s most unusual gift book of the season, comes it’s own set of paper dolls.


Whatever: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/W/Whatever

by Ann Walsh

“Sixteen-year-old Darrah knows it was wrong to pull the fire alarm, but she doesn’t know how wrong until she finds herself part of a Restorative Justice circle, along with an RCMP officer, and has to face the consequences of her actions.”

Author’s location connection: Ann Walsh lives in Williams Lake, where she participates in literary events and actively promotes her books in Williams Lake and throughout the region.


Rogues, Rascals, and Scalawags Too: More Ne’er-Do-Wells Through the Ages: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/R/Rogues-Rascals-and-Scalawags-Too

by Jim Christy

“Read about the adventurous lives and wild exploits of outrageous and out-sized characters in this second volume of Scalawags!”

“Christy’s work reminds us that losers are cool, that the middle-of-the-road might be smoother but the ditches are more interesting, and that every rounder has a good story to to tell.” —The Globe and Mail

Author’s local connection: Jim Christy spent much of his life travelling BC. 


Chiwid: http://www.newstarbooks.com/book.php?book_id=0921586396 collected by Sage Birchwater
“Chiwid was a Tsilhqot’in woman, said to have shamanistic powers, who spent most of her adult life ‛living out’ in the hills and forests around Williams Lake. Chiwid is the story of this remarkable woman, told in the vibrant voices of Chilcotin oldtimers, both native and non–native.” Author’s local connection: Sage Birchwater lives in Williams Lake, as do many of the people whose stories are included.


Do You Think This Is Strange?: http://bcbooks.49thshelf.com/Books/D/Do-You-Think-This-Is-Strange

By Aaron Cully Drake

“Freddy has problems. Some of them are because he’s has autism. But most are because he’s a teenager. When he is reunited with Saskia, a friend from his childhood, she acts as a catalyst, helping him to piece together a puzzle he had no idea he was living with.”

Author’s local connection: Drake is originally from William’s Lake


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