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New Spring Nonfiction


February 25, 2005

Harbour provides the perfect solution to those stuck-inside, rainy spring days with Cross-Canada Crosswords, a collection of 26 engaging and whimsical brain-teasers with a distinct maple flavour from Calgary-based crossword designer Gwen Sjogren. Read on for more great Spring titles.

Whitehouse area residents (and those planning to visit this unparalleled wilderness) can prepare for warmer days by picking up Whitehorse & Area Hikes & Bikes Revised Edition. Including up-to-date maps, GPS coordinates and 25 pages of supplementary material on such topics as local ecology, weather, wilderness ethics and safety, this is the definitive guide to this paradise of rocky mountains, alpine meadows, clear lakes and serpentine rivers. Written by the Yukon Conservation Society, proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards conservation education in the Yukon. This is Harbour's first release under the Lost Moose imprint.

Also in March, aviation buffs can look forward to Wings Across the Water: Victoria's Flying Heritage 1871-1971 by Elwood White and Peter Smith. Wings Across the Water is illustrated with a vengeance: it contains over 600 mesmerizing aviation photographs, most never before published. From a procession of “hot-air professors” performing the Island’s first manned balloon ascents in the 1800s, to the arrival of the jet age, this book documents Victoria-area aviation in meticulous detail. This is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or for anyone fascinated by regional history.

Also available in March: Salmon Wars: The Battle for the West Coast Salmon Fishery by Dennis Brown, fishery policy advisor to NDP Premier Glen Clark and one-time member of the Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiating committee. Brown brings to this highly critical book his extensive experience at working all sides of the table during the chaotic upheaval that was the salmon wars of the 1990s. This inside story is enriched with verbatim accounts and sharp characterizations of major players from Premier Clark to Fisheries Minister David Anderson. Salmon Wars is a definitive work, sure to be acknowledged as a landmark study of this crucial subject

In April, just as Okanagan fruit trees burst into bloom, comes Coldstream: The Ranch Where It All Began by Donna Wuest. Coldstream Ranch, on the outskirts of the Okanagan city of Vernon, is one of the oldest continually operating ranches in Canada. This is an affectionately written, well-researched chronicle of a historic institution, complete with fascinating photography from both archives and family albums. The Coldstream story is the story of the orchard and cattle industries in BC, and in many ways, is the story of the BC Interior.