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Book signing celebrates new release

Raincoast Chronicles
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Join local Sunshine Coast contributors Heather Conn and Peter A. Robson, along with guest editor David R. Conn, as they celebrate the release of the 22nd issue of the series — Raincoast Chronicles 22: Saving Salmon, Sailors and Souls: Stories of Service on the BC Coast — with a presentation and book signing in Sechelt at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 4 starting at 7 p.m.

Harbour Publishing’s Raincoast Chronicles series has been highlighting the people who have defined life on B.C.’s coast for more than 40 years.

Join local Sunshine Coast contributors Heather Conn and Peter A. Robson, along with guest editor David R. Conn, as they celebrate the release of the 22nd issue of the series — Raincoast Chronicles 22: Saving Salmon, Sailors and Souls: Stories of Service on the BC Coast — with a presentation and book signing in Sechelt at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 4, starting at 7 p.m.

Raincoast Chronicles 22, gathered by guest editor David R. Conn, is inspired by B.C.’s service workers — the givers, guardians, helpers and volunteers who have contributed to the making of our region.

Heather Conn’s piece in the collection, for instance, tells the local success story of how Sunshine Coast volunteers worked together to create Tetrahedron Park; Robson’s evocative essay describes his experiences working alone in the forest through the night to protect the Sakinaw Lake sockeye salmon run one fish at a time; while David Conn recounts the recollections of two novice doctors who provided all health services on the Southern Gulf Islands in the 1950s, filling the roles of doctor, coroner, dentist, psychiatrist, vet and ambulance driver all in one.

Also included in this issue of Raincoast Chronicles are: award-winning writer Alan Haig-Brown’s remembrance of his days as a deckhand on the haywire crew of a coastal freighter; Angus McIntyre’s unique experiences operating an iconic Brill trolley bus in Vancouver; Constance Kretz’s nostalgic snapshots from the first fifty years at the historic Painter’s Lodge near Campbell River and much more.

Replete with dozens of previously unpublished photographs, this captivating collection is full of memorable characters and laudable deeds and is a valuable contribution to the history of the B.C. coast.

For more information on the Raincoast Chronicles 22 presentation, contact Talewind Books at 604-885-2527 or read@talewindbooks.com. This event is free, all are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. It is made possible with assistance from the Canada Council of the Arts.

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