DNA and a dogged detective

Longtime Alberni reporter Shayne Morrow (left) reveals the pioneering role an RCMP officer played in the early use of DNA when he solved an old case of rape and murder. Reviewed by Kathryn Neilson. FULL STORY

Richard Van Camp uses humour and never lets the darkness outweigh the good. Photo by William Au


Tales from North of 60

Richard Van Camp's new collection of short stories reflects oral history traditions of the Tlicho who live in what is now called the Northwest Territories.

Reviewer Paul Felardeau says Van Camp’s tone is conversational, whether hearing a tape recording or the gossip of aunties, we get the second-hand account, first-hand and with flavour. FULL STORY

Rolf Knight (1936-2019)

Possibly his most important work is Indians at Work: An Informal History of Native Indian Labour in British Columbia 1858-1930… FULL STORY

Bound to be homeward

Like Alex Colville paintings and Alice Munro short stories that stay with us, his stories can range from vaguely disconcerting… FULL STORY

Ode to Island Life

A new book examines the layered life on islands in the Salish Sea, including Salt Spring Island. Review by Theresa… FULL STORY

Sea Otters: A History

The B.C. sea otter population (approx. 6,000) are descendants of 89 Alaskan otters relocated to Vancouver Island in 1969-72. Review by… FULL STORY

From alienation to adulation

Flow is a wonderful, 640-page tribute by Michael Barnholden and Talonbooks, according to Grahame Ware, who providess an extensive response.

A Peakbagger’s Guide

Glorious Mountains lists North Shore peaks by height, difficulty, best berry patches, best for kids, most masochistic, etc. The Glorious… FULL STORY

Shale fellow, well met

Yoho National Park, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in B.C., figures prominently in Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers…. FULL STORY

The birdman of Tofino

For hardcore birders and casual watchers alike, Adrian Dorst’s 560-page volume has been gleaned from sixty years of experience. The… FULL STORY

My Private Italy

Ware’s odyssey of cuisine Italiana is rooted in the east end of 1950-70s Vancouver with stories of restaurants, nightclubs, family,… FULL STORY

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