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 Landingby 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.
Founded in 1921, Tokyo’s HARIO Lampwork Factory continues to design elegant glass jewelry, such as the lovely earrings pictured here. Each creation is painstakingly handmade of “heat-resistant glass” by skilled craftswomen, who we have seen at work in their Tokyo shop + studio. Fortunately you need not travel to Japan to see their amazing handiwork as Raven’s Nest carries a fine selection of HARIO Lampwork Factory earrings, rings, and necklaces.
Do you need a 2019 calendar, or know someone who does? This gorgeous “Kootenays: Wild and Spectacular” calendar from Nelson photographer Douglas Noblet is still available at 40% off. Enjoy our region’s awesome natural beauty every day of the coming year!
We would like to offer a big thank you to our local & loyal customers who have supported us at Merchants’ Night and throughout the year! We are still open 11 am to 4 pm every day through December 24, with free gift wrapping and all clothing 10% off the regular price. See you soon, if we haven’t already!
We have received quite a few new books this week, but we are especially excited about two titles with local connections: Children of the Kootenays: Memories of Mining Towns by Shirley (Hall) Stainton, who spent her early years moving around the Slocan Valley, and A West Coast Summer – a beautiful children’s book by former New Denver resident Caroline Woodward, author of The Village of Many Hats.
From the publisher of Children of the Kootenays: “When young Shirley Doris Hall and her family moved to BC’s West Kootenay region in 1927, the area was a hub of mining activity. Shirley’s father, a cook, had no problem finding work at the mining camps, and the family dutifully followed him from town to town as his services were sought after. For Shirley and her brother, Ray—described as both her confidant and her nemesis—mining camps were the backdrop of their youth. The instant close-knit communities that formed around them; the freedom of barely tamed wilderness; and the struggles of the Depression years and the war that followed created an unlikely environment for a happy childhood. Yet Shirley’s memories reveal that it was indeed a magical time and place in which to grow up. Children of the Kootenays paints a lively portrait of this forgotten period in BC history—of mining towns that are now ghost towns—told from the unique perspective of a young girl.”
From the publisher of A West Coast Summer: “Pairing two dozen of Carol Evans’s wonderful watercolours with a lilting rhyming story by Caroline Woodward, A West Coast Summer tells of a timeless, idyllic season where ‘Sea salt in the air floats everywhere / and cedars smell so sweet beside the shore.’ Children race bikes along sand flats, search under logs and in tide pools for tiny creatures, jig at the dock for herring, dance at a totem raising ceremony, pick berries, make memories and leave footprints in the sand.”
Merry Christmas from the Raven’s Nest! We’ll be closed on Christmas Day, but open every day from Boxing Day through this Saturday for your shopping – and gift returning – pleasure. Our hours are 11 am – 3 pm on Boxing Day, and 10:30 am – 4:30 pm from Wednesday through Saturday.
You still have time to get your copy of the 2018 ‘Kootenays: Wild and Spectacular’ calendar before the new year begins. The dozen gorgeous images contained therein were captured by Nelson-based photographer Douglas Noblet of Wild Air Photography.