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Spring is here! Check out our new titles for 2015.


British Columbia will celebrate Read Local BC, April 1-22, 2015. Follow it on Facebook for news about BC authors, books and special events. 


Diane Dakers, author of CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television, will be on site at Save-On Foods Victoria, on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 4:00 pm. This is a featured event through Read Local BC.


Fishing for Tales. A Read Local BC event with Sylvia Talyor and Jude Isabella. Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm, at Pacific Angler, 78 East Broadway, Vancouver.


Sanford Osler, author of Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft That Helped Shape British Columbia, is heading to the Kootenays in May for two free illustrated talks:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:15 pm, Cranbrook Public Library
  • Thursday, May 7, 7:00 pm, Nelson Public Library

Dangerous Spirits

Author: Shawn Smallman

In the traditional Algonquian world, the windigo is the spirit of selfishness, which can transform a person into a murderous cannibal. Native peoples over a vast stretch of North America—from Virginia in the south to Labrador in the north, from Nova Scotia in the east to Minnesota in the west—believed in the windigo, not only as a myth told in the darkness of winter, but also as a real danger.

Drawing on oral narratives, fur traders' journals, trial records, missionary accounts, and anthropologists’ field notes, this book is a revealing glimpse into indigenous beliefs, cross-cultural communication, and embryonic colonial relationships. It also ponders the recent resurgence of the windigo in popular culture and its changing meaning in a modern context.

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Diane Dakers

In her 24-year media career, Diane Dakers has written for most of Canada’s major daily newspapers and a number of national and regional magazines and weekly publications. Her voice has been heard on local, national, and provincial radio stations, and she has been a television host, reporter, producer, and writer. Diane is the author of CHEK TV: A Revolution in Local Television (Heritage House, November 2014). She holds a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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