Stories of Kingfisher and Mabel Lake

Wilfred and Henry Simard with their catch from the Shuswap River are just two of the locals in a new history of an area near Enderby that has been popular with Albertans such as W.O. Mitchell. FULL STORY

Howard Overend (1919-2017)

March 02nd, 2017

Beloved Peace River librarian Howard Overend has died at age 98 in Mission, having published his memoirs as Book Guy: A Librarian in the Peace (TouchWood 2001). In 2002, he wrote, “Everyone told me there was no way I could sell a book about Peace River libraries; I’m happy to report otherwise. My son and I landed at Grande Prairie, rented a car and went on a tour to visit public libraries to sell the book. It was awesome. I spoke eight times in four days. B.C. BookWorld was the first media outlet to take my book seriously. Then we made the front page of the Alaska Highway News (“Book Guy Returns”). We also had radio and TV interviews at Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, apple strudel at Tomslake, and by Fort St. John, we ran out of books. At Hudson’s Hope, 15 people signed up and paid for books I promised to send later. I got a thrill of happiness meeting men and women I hadn’t seen for some 30 or 40 years since I provided the mobile library service. The Peace River people have changed over the years, but their hearts have not.” 9780920663820

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