Our fine selection of regional books has expanded recently with the addition of brand new works by three West Kootenay authors – Luanne Armstrong, Ellen Burt, and Rod Dunnett, all of whom live on the shores of Kootenay Lake.
A Bright and Steady Future: The Story of an Enduring Friendship by Luanne Armstrong
Armstrong, who lives on her 100-year-old family farm near Boswell, weaves together many stories set in the Kootenays over the seventies and eighties.
The core of this work, which is Armstrong’s 21st book, is the strength and endurance of women’s friendships. Author Jane Silcott writes of Armstrong’s memoir, “From the Kootenays to the coast and back again, from poverty and single parenthood to writing and activism, love and pain, A Bright and Steady Flame is a love letter to a fifty-year friendship and a memoir that offers extraordinary insights into aging, love, loss, and joy.”
What Feels Like Forever: A Memoir of Johnson’s Landing by Ellen Burt
Currently a Nelson resident, Burt has lived most of her life in the remote communities of Argenta and Johnson’s Landing. She has written one previous book, When the Path is Not a Straight Line, which we also carry at Raven’s Nest. Acclaimed Kootenay poet Fred Wah says of Burt’s new book, “This back-to-the-land coming of age narrative … is a captivating account of a smallholder: the farming, the firewood, the frozen pipes and, above all, the community … a sweet story.”
A Place in Time by Rod Dunnett
Dunnett lives in Kaslo, where he was a schoolteacher at J.V. Humphries, and spends considerable time hiking and exploring around our Valley of the Ghosts. Reading the story of a young Sandon girl tragically killed by a 1930s avalanche inspired him to write this ghost/adventure story of a Vancouver family’s exciting summer vacation. Although primarily aimed at pre- and young teens, old-time residents have also enjoyed being transported back in time to childhood memories, and anyone familiar with this area will be entertained as they reaquaint themselves with Sandon-area landmarks and the history of the silver boom.
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