We would like to introduce some of the great local books that have come out thus far in 2020. (With so many, this will be the first of two installments.)
Silver Rush Cover Photo Credit: SilverySlocan.ca
Our best seller this year is Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891 – 1900 by former New Denver resident Peter J. Smith. Writer and historian Greg Nesteroff calls the hefty tome, “By far the most detailed and accurate account of the Silvery Slocan mining rush ever written. Highly entertaining too.” For more information, see Greg’s Nelson Star article: NelsonStar.com/community/new-book-reappraises-silvery-slocan-mining-rush.
Prize-winning poet Tom Wayman, a longtime Slocan Valley resident, recently came out with his newest collection entitled, Watching a Man Break a Dog’s Back: Poems for a Dark Time. Writing in the Vancouver Sun, Tom Sandborn prefaces his review of the work by saying, “Wayman clearly wants to demonstrate that even if poetry cannot change the world, it can provide comfort and courage – even in times as dark as our own.” Sandborn concludes, “Wayman is still at work creating poems that are as astringent and individual as human pain, and as universal as our highest hopes for a beloved community. Readers will be grateful for this record of his latest labours.”
When We Are Broken is the latest work from prolific author Luanne Armstrong, who has spent most of her life on her family’s 100-year-old Kootenay Lake farm. Writes Armstrong about this lovely book – her 22nd – that includes many photos from her farm, “Part of my life’s work has been to truly understand the place where I live and the other creatures that dwell there with me. In my daily walks, I focus on the quiet, always changing occurrences of nature. Every day, I stand, watch, listen at the margins of things, the line between mountains and sky, lake and mountains, the ragged roughness that separates human from non-human. When something snags my attention, I stop and look, I try to bring such moments home with me in the form of words or photographs. This book is a small compilation of these meditations.”
As you hunker down for another white season, you may be interested to know that our shelves are currently chock full of wonderful books – not to mention beautiful journals and world music CDs – and a lot of those titles are by regional and provincial authors. Recent arrivals include our own Lila Strand’s newly-revised paperback edition of Little Star: A Hidden Seed, the sequel to her beloved The Star Children; Revy author Laura Stovel’s Swift River: Stories of the First People and First Travellers on the Columbia River around Revelstoke; and two collections of ‘essays on ecology’ by the late, great Stan Rowe of New Denver: Home Place (Revised edition) and Earth Alive.
Some of our most popular titles are from Kootenay-born author Iona Whishaw. Her Lane Winslow mystery series is set in post-WWII Nelson and area, incorporating many regional landmarks that are familiar to local residents. We have all six books that make up the series, while a seventh installment is eagerly expected in April. The Globe and Mail calls it “a terrific series” and says Whishaw is “a writer to watch,” while Kirkus Reviews has deemed it “relentlessly exciting.” Why not spice up your winter – or that of a loved one – with this engrossing series?
New to Raven’s Nest are very cool slouchy hats and beautiful scrunchies! They are designed and made by stay-at-home mothers in Kelowna using natural bamboo (and linen in the case of some scrunchies). Thanks to our model Rose and photographer Mallory!
We currently have a nice selection of beautiful wooden chopsticks from Japan. Whether you prefer a colourful pair to brighten up your table setting at home, or a more understated pair to use instead of disposable utensils when you go out, Raven’s Nest has you covered. Chopsticks also make great gifts!
In November Raven’s Nest will be open just four days a week, Wednesday – Saturday, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, but from December 2 to December 24 we will be open every day for your shopping pleasure. In addition to our wide array of planet conscious gifts, from next week we will have a fine selection of ornaments on display, so please keep us in mind as you prepare for the holidays.