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Essentials, The

150 Great BC Books & Authors

by (author) Alan Twigg

Ronsdale Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
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  • Grade: 9


From Franz Boas to Alice Munro: welcome to an unprecedented panorama of the most significant authors and books of British Columbia culled from Alan Twigg's unrivalled knowledge of more than two centuries of B.C. literary history. The Essentials is the new bible of who wrote what, and why, in B.C., produced with the cooperation of Simon Fraser University Library and UBC's Rare Books & Special Collections. Alan Twigg, publisher/writer of B.C. BookWorld, also created the abcbookworld public reference site with information on more than 9,500 B.C. authors. The Essentials is the fourth and largest volume of his Literary History of British Columbia.

About the author

Alan Twigg is the publisher and editor of BC Book World, Canada's largest-circulating publication about books. He has also been contributing editor of Quill & Quire, Canadian books columnist for the Vancouver Province, books columnist for Vancouver magazine, a contributor of profiles to the Toronto Star and the Writers Union of Canada representative on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. In 2000, he was the first recipient of the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contibutions to literature and publishing.

Alan is the author of ten previous titles including For Openers: Conversations with 24 Canadian Writers, Hubert Evans: The First Ninety-Three Years, Vancouver and Its Writers, Vander Zalm: from Immigrant to Premier, First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia and Cuba: 101 Top Historical Sites.

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  • Unknown, Honourable Mention: Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing
  • Unknown, Honourable Mention: Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing

Editorial Reviews

"Presents known and unknown authors of fiction and nonfiction, biography and poetry in readable format with intriguing insights into the lives of B.C. writers…. Highly Recommended.” — CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books & Authors

Volume 4 of Twigg’s literary history of British Columbia includes books and authors who have contributed something meaningful to the BC cannon. Authors such as Roderick HaigBrown, Alice Munro, Emily Carr and Ivan E. Coyote are listed alongside lesser-known writers such as Elizabeth Smart, Frederick Niven and Walter Cheadle. Many entries contain suggestions for other BC authors who write on similar themes. The Essentials is an excellent resource for finding BC authors.

Twigg has written numerous books including Tibetans in Exile: The Dalai Lama & The Woodcocks; Vander Zalm, From Immigrant to Premier: A Political Biography and First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia. He is the publisher of B.C. BookWorld and created the abcbookworld. com public reference site.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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