Books for Exploring! Author talk with Collin Varner • Victoria

June 23, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Russell Books, 747 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Kick off the summer season with Russell Books and John Crouch, Collin Varner, and Briony Penn, as they discuss all things outdoorsy.

From adventure travel and plant identification to nature viewing and what not to do—they’ll chat about it all. Come with your questions about cycling the Island and invasive flora!



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Invasive Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest is the fourth plant guide by bestselling horticulturalist Collin Varner. Invasive Flora is a compact, full-colour field guide to the growing number of invasive plant species spreading across coastal BC and the Pacific Northwest, highlighting their hazards and uses.

Collin Varner is a horticulturalist / also the author of The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast, and a new Vancouver guidebook, The Flora & Fauna of Stanley Park.

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John Crouch is a lifelong cycler. His new book, Cycling Vancouver Island (RMB | Rocky Mountain Books), is his sixth title about exploring the outdoors on foot and two wheels. Cycling Vancouver Island features 40+ routes, each trip includes a map, information on local history, topography, aesthetics, places of interest, type of road, general route condition, level of difficulty, start and end points, checkpoints and colour photographs.

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Briony Penn is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books. She has been a feature writer and columnist for decades, with more than 500 articles, as well as a contributor to many anthologies and chapter books. Her most recent book is Following the Good River: Stories from the Magic Canoe of Cecil Paul (RMB | Rocky Mountain Books, 2019).