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Non-fiction about BC interior

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Here is a list of non-fiction books with a focus on BC's interior. Some of these books are Caitlin Press books, but not all.
A Steady Lens

A Steady Lens

The True Story of Pioneer Photographer Mary Spencer
by Sherril Foster
photographs by Mary Spencer
edition:Paperback
tagged : political

In the early 1900s, Mary Spencer attracted a small audience with her breathtaking photographs of the local scenery and townsfolk of Kamloops. Although her name remains unfamiliar to most Canadians, this enigmatic young woman likely captured the most notorious and familiar images ever taken in BC-photos so widely known that it is likely a rare Canadian who has not seen her work. In 1898, forty-year-old schoolteacher Mary Spencer left Ontario with her sister Isobel and widowed mother andjourneyed …

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The Grande Dames of the Cariboo

The Grande Dames of the Cariboo

Discovering Vivien Cowan and Sonia Cornwall and their intriguing friendship with A.Y. Jackson and Joe Plaskett
edition:Paperback

Author Julie Fowler began a quest to find out more about an artist from the Cariboo named Sonia Cornwall (1919-2006). Through interviews, letters, original artworks, articles, exhibition catalogues, imaginings of conversations and occurrences, along with her own reflections on the experience, she pieced together a story of pioneering, love and the pursuit of art. But in searching for Sonia, Fowler found an unanticipated new friend in Sonia's mother, Vivien Cowan (1893-1990). Vivien became a larg …

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Corky Williams

Corky Williams

Cowboy Poet of the Cariboo Chilcotin
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A diminutive cowboy with a full beard and a Texas drawl stands onstage at Expo 86 in Vancouver telling wild and woolly stories of life in the Chilcotin backcountry. The audience is mesmerized by his poetic ballad of an alcoholic dog that rode on the back of his saddle in Anahim Lake. The performer is Luther Corky Williams. Originally from Texas, Corky and his wife, Jeanine, moved from Los Angeles to Anahim Lake, BC, to become ranchers. Corky had grown up on a ranch along the Mexican border befor …

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The Junction

The Junction

Stories of Land and Place in the BC Interior
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In his third book, "The Junction," John Schreiber invites us to join him on a journey into the hidden corners of BC's Cariboo Chilcotin, where he observes and describes a land of mountains and old trails, coyotes and bighorn sheep, Aboriginal folk, homesteaders, ranchers and the stories of long ago. Driven by his love of this land, Schreiber wanders the hills, mountains and valleys visiting old-time characters and old friends. He wakes to the sound of coyotes howling next to his tent,witnesses a …

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Gumption & Grit

Gumption & Grit

Women of the Cariboo Chilcotin
edited by Sage Birchwater
edition:Paperback

Gumption & Grit is the first in a brand new series being introduced by Caitlin Press which will showcase women of BC: their lives, their successes, their history.

In 2002 the Williams Lake Women's Contact Society posted a request for pioneer stories of the women of the Cariboo Chilcotin. What they received was an overwhelming number of tales of hardship, faith, adversity, endurance and accomplishment. These women were mothers, trappers, schoolteachers, outfitters, ranchers and homesteaders. Gu …

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Old Lives

Old Lives

In the Chilcotin Backcountry
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Set in the wild country north of Lillooet and west of the great Fraser River, Old Lives paints the rugged landscape and equally rugged lives of the Chilcotin's enigmatic old-timers: aboriginal and settler, male and female, deceased and alive. It takes vigilance, persistence, courage and humour to live where survival requires a deep knowledge and trust of the land, where prosperity is synonymous with self-sufficiency and where thriving is dependent upon a community of neighbours and friends who c …

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Stranger Wycott's Place

Stranger Wycott's Place

Stories from the Cariboo - Chilcotin
edition:Paperback

Stranger Wycott's Place describes John Schreiber's explorations of the Chilcotin on foot, horseback and by 4-wheel drive. A land of "mountains and old trails, coyotes and bighorn sheep, aboriginal folks, homesteaders, ranches and history," the Chilcotin begins north of Lillooet and lies between the Fraser River and the mighty Coast Mountain Range in the West. Starting from the premise that we learn best about place from the place where we are, Stranger Wycott's Place is at once a history, a writ …

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All Roads Lead to Wells

All Roads Lead to Wells

Stories of the Hippie Days
edition:Paperback
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In the late 1960s and '70s a small group of idealistic young women and men, self-described as "volunteer peasants," moved to the tiny town of Wells in British Columbia's Central Interior. These hippies, with their waist-length hair and handlebar moustaches, long paisley skirts and gumboots, rusted cars and worn sofas, brought with them a Canadian version of the continent-wide back-to-the-land movement, the sexual revolution and the privilege of personal freedom. 'All Roads Lead toWells' tells th …

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