Take a trip across British Columbia with this enchanting collection of essays from thirty local writers.
What makes wandering the vibrant land called British Columbia really special? Encounters with locals who are ready to share, over a coffee or a beer, quirky tales and powerful truths rooted in place and time. Consider this book a meet-up with 30 such storytellers, the perfect road companion for your journey real or imagined. The Tyee is the province’s oldest and most-read independent source of online news and ideas, renowned for its range of voices on politics, culture and nature.
This anthology marking The Tyee’s 20th anniversary includes pieces published over the last two decades and includes the distinct perspectives of some of the region’s most celebrated writers, including J.B. MacKinnon, Alisa Smith, Cúagilákv (Jess H̓áust̓i), Arno Kopecky, Harrison Mooney, Michelle Cyca, Christopher Cheung, Andrew Nikiforuk, and many more, as well as illustrations by Nora Kelly. Pull up a chair and get their inside scoops on the places they call home.
About the authors
David Beers is a former top editor at the Vancouver Sun. Russ Francis is an award-winning legislature reporter. Barbara McLintock was Victoria bureau chief for The Province. Will McMartin is a former Socred advisor and a regular on CBC's Inside Edition. Alisa Smith has written for the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun. Chris Tenove's reporting on rural B.C. for the Tyee was nominated for a Webster Award.
andrea bennett is a non-binary National Magazine Award–winning writer, editor, and illustrator who lives in Ayjoo mixw (Powell River), BC. Their first book of essays, Like a Boy but Not a Boy: Navigating Life, Mental Health, and Parenthood Outside the Gender Binary (Arsenal Pulp Press), was a CBC Books’ pick for the top Canadian nonfiction of the year. Their first book of poetry, Canoodlers, was published by Nightwood in 2014. andrea’s poetry and non-fiction has been widely published in magazines and newspapers such as the Walrus, the Atlantic, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, the Tyee, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Vice, Geist, CV2, Grain, Fiddlehead, the Malahat Review, and Arc. With Kim Fu they co-host The Rough Puffs, a Great British Baking Show rewatch podcast now entering its third season.
"For nearly two decades, The Tyee has cast its gaze on the underserved populations and overlooked stories that are crucial to knowing BC's history, its current predicaments, and its future aspirations. Blending reportage with first-person storytelling, the varied but consistently engaging stories from Points of Interest reach virtually every corner of our province and, in total, capture the happy accidents and cruel injustices that have shaped it, and the dynamic people living here working to make it a better place."
—Kevin Chong, author of The Double Life of Benson Yu
“These lovingly wrought essays serve as an insider’s guide to the hot spots, sore spots, bright spots, and dark corners of BC, a place that never fails to surprise.”
—John Vaillant, author of Fire Weather
"Points of Interest is a captivating collection of essays highlighting the unique texture of BC. Each essay offers its readers a new appreciation for the rich diversity of British Columbia. Individually, they unveil lesser-known histories and shared personal stories, and woven together, they form a powerful narrative of community, grief, triumph, and unwavering pride. An immersive read!"
—Chelene Knight, author of award-winning Dear Current Occupant and Junie