#ReadBC Bestsellers List

B.C. books cherish and champion the land, stories and diversity of life in the Pacific Northwest. Here are the 15 B.C. Bestsellers from Read Local BC, published by B.C. book publishers.


Book excerpt: Takaya: The Lone Wolf | Times Colonist

No. 1 Takaya: Lone Wolf by Cheryl Alexander
RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer.

BC Bestseller for 10 consecutive weeks


No. 2 Vancouver Exposed: Searching for the City’s Hidden History by Eve Lazarus
Arsenal Pulp Press

Eve Lazarus peels back the layers of Vancouver’s history to reveal its surprising hidden depths.

BC Bestseller for 10 consecutive weeks


Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak – Roy Henry Vickers Gallery

No. 3 Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak by Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Harbour Publishing

With bright and bold illustrations by celebrated Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers, this sturdy board book introduces iconic sounds of the West Coast and supports the language development of babies and toddlers.

BC Bestseller for 30 consecutive weeks


No. 4 The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats by Robert Amos
TouchWood Editions

Boat lovers of all ages and people who enjoy the scenery of BC’s coast will delight in this charming gift book, a worthy addition to books about BC’s art history.

BC Bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks


Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada's Northern Rockies | Canadian Geographic

No. 5 Crossing the Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies by Wayne Sawchuk
Creekstone Press

Wayne Sawchuk takes us from his early days as a logger and trapper to his role in creating the largest protected wilderness area in the Rocky Mountains.

BC Bestseller for 5 consecutive weeks


Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: A Complete Guide, Second Edition: Cannings, Richard, Aversa, Tom, Opperman, Hal: 9781772033274: Books -

No. 6 Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: A Complete Guide, Second Edition by Richard Cannings & Tom Aversa
Heritage House Publishing

The ultimate bestselling field guide to birds of the Pacific Northwest bioregion, now fully revised in its Second Edition!

BC Bestseller for 4 consecutive weeks


When We Are Kind, Book by Monique Gray Smith (Picture Books) |

No. 7 When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
Orca Book Publishers

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.

BC Bestseller for 12 consecutive weeks


A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

No. 8 Bisous and Brioche: Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France by Laura Bradbury & Rebecca Wellman
TouchWood Editions

A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

BC Bestseller for 3 consecutive weeks


Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya - Mountain Life

No. 9 Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of the Himalaya by Bruce Kirkby
Douglas & McIntyre

One morning at breakfast, while gawking at his phone and feeling increasingly disconnected from family and everything else of importance in his world, it strikes writer Bruce Kirkby: this isn’t how he wants to live.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks


No. 10 Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir by Julia Zarankin
Douglas & McIntyre

When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks


No. 11 Edible and Medicinal Flora of the West Coast: British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner
Heritage House Publishing

A clear, concise guide to more than 130 edible and medicinal plants and funghi that grow wild throughout the west coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest states.

BC Bestseller for 29 consecutive weeks


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No. 12 On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island by Haley Healey
Heritage House Publishing

A fascinating collection of concise stories about seventeen courageous, independent, and diverse women who shaped the history of Vancouver Island.

BC Bestseller for 7 consecutive weeks


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No. 13 Slashburner: Hot Times in the British Columbia Woods by Nick Raeside
Harbour Publishing

Nick Raeside worked at many jobs in the logging business but the one that he specialized in was starting fires—small, (hopefully) controlled fires used to clean up logging slash or debris-laden sites left after the merchantable timber had been removed.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks


No. 14 Gone Viking: A Travel Saga by Bill Arnott
RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

Bill Arnott guides readers on an epic literary odyssey following history’s most feared and misunderstood voyageurs: the Vikings!

BC Bestseller for 1 consecutive week


B.C. book explores the magic, myths and ecology of orcas | Vancouver Sun

No. 15 Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History eds. Martha Black, Lorne Hammond, Gavin Hanke, with Nikki Sanchez
Royal British Columbia Museum

An insightful collection exploring the plight, past and promise of the orca, powerful symbol of BC’s wild coast and apex predator of all oceans.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks


B.C. Finalists up for Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) honour and celebrate the best in online publishing in Canada. The awards are split into four divisions; Academic, Consumer, Business to Business and News Media. Typically an in-person celebration, this year’s COPAs Awards Party will be held digitally with a virtual audience component. Learn more about the Canadian Online Publishing Awards and stay tuned for the announcement of the live digital event.

From curated environmental editorial to business, lifestyle and design, here are the B.C.-based finalists.



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West Coast flavours dominate the 2020 Taste Canada Awards shortlist

Chop Suey Nation

2020, a year for home cooks. In its 23rd year, the Taste Canada Awards unveils its shortlist of cookbooks competing for a coveted culinary writing award as well as the virtual gala hosts. Eighty-six cookbooks entered the competition, featuring authors from seven provinces. The shortlist narrowed the competition to five entries per category, featuring authors from six provinces.

British Columbia’s notorious food scene takes a lead with 15 nominations from B.C. publisher titles. View the nominees below, and the full 2020 Taste Canada shortlist here.


Culinary Narratives:

Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre)

Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's ...


Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island by Jon Stott (TouchWood Editions)

Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island ...


General Cookbooks:

Duchess at Home by Giselle Courteau (Appetite by Random House)

Duchess at Home 電子書,分類依據Giselle Courteau - 9780525610335 ...


Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson and Kerry Gold (Figure 1 Publishing)

David Robertson's tarte Tatin | Eat North


Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin (Appetite by Random House)

Let Me Feed You: Everyday Recipes Offering the Comfort of Home ...


Regional/Cultural Cookbooks:

Burdock & Co by Andrea Carlson (Appetite by Random House)

Burdock & Co by Andrea Carlson - Penguin Books Australia


Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus. (TouchWood Editions)

Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field ...


Coconut Lagoon: Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal and Anne DesBrisay (Figure 1 Publishing)

Coconut Lagoon: Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen: Thottungal ...


Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen by Kim Thúy (Appetite by Random House)

Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many ...


Single-Subject Cookbooks:

Living High Off the Hog by Michael Olson (Appetite by Random House)

Living High Off the Hog: Over 100 Recipes and Techniques to Cook ...


Modern Lunch by Allison Day (Appetite by Random House)

Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal: Day ...


Vegetables First by Ricardo Larrivée (Appetite by Random House)

Vegetables First: 120 Vibrant Vegetable-Forward Recipes: Larrivee ...


Health and Special Diet Cookbooks:

Peace, Love and Fibre by Mairlyn Smith (Appetite by Random House)

Peace, Love and Fibre: Over 100 Fibre-Rich Recipes for the Whole ...


The Living Kitchen by Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman, (Appetite by Random House)

The Living Kitchen: Healing Recipes to Support Your Body During ...


The Long Table Cook Book, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health by Amy Symington (Douglas & McIntyre)

The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health ...


Top 10 tips for B.C. book lovers for Victoria Day long weekend

Make a win-win decision: Read Local BC, get discounts and delivery! BC’s book publishers and distributors have you covered from poetry to bestselling cookbooks. These are top 10 tips for BC book lovers so you can read your way through Victoria long weekend.

1. Arsenal Pulp Press is currently offering 25% off all in-print titles plus free shipping for orders over $50 (promotional code STAYSAFE)

2. Talonbooks is offering 25% off all books on their website from now until June 1

3. Orca Book Publishers is running a Giveaway for Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health by Melanie Siebert until midnight PDT May 10.

4. Rebel Mountain Press is offering 30-50% off select titles.

5. Royal BC Museum Publishing is offering a 30% discount and reduced shipping on Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History through May 17, 2020 in their Publications Shop using promo code SPIRITS30

6. The Royal BC Museum Foundation Shop is offering 20% off site wide for the month of May (note that this cannot be combined with the Sprits of the Coast offer)

7. UBC Press has 20% off of all print books and 30% off of all e-books at When ordering print books, use the discount code “CabinFever” at the checkout, and for e-books, “Housebound.” Learn more.

8. Get 30% off everything in Anvil Press‘s online bookstore. They’re shipping twice a week!

9. Greystone Books is donating 25% of website sales to local independent booksellers. Customers can enter the name of their local bookstore at checkout.

10. Heritage House Publishing, Rocky Mountain Books, and TouchWood Editions, along with their distributor, Heritage Group Distribution, are extending a helping hand to independent bookstores while they experience challenges due to COVID-19 by offering them an extra 20% off their invoices until stores are able to reopen.

Thanks to ABPBC for the hot tip in their Read Local BC at home newsletter! Check out the map of Canadian Indie Bookstores Who Deliver, created by Don Gorman, publisher of Rocky Mountain.