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Celebrate Heritage Week in Kelowna with Local Folklore and History

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2008

As part of the Heritage Week celebrations, local author John Grain will be launching his new book Flylines & Fishtales (Caitlin Press $17.95) at Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Ave. Kelowna on February 23rd at 2:30pm.

Author John Grain and his family fulfilled a city dweller’s dream when they escaped the frenzy of their urban lives to retreat to the tranquility and serenity of the country. Flylines & Fishtales is a stirring and remarkable tale of how aspiring city folk purchased and ran Glimpse Lake Lodge, a neglected fishing camp near Merritt, BC that was also once a homestead and a working ranch for pioneers.

With only two permanent residents nearby and the closest town fifty kilometres away, Glimpse Lake Lodge became a sanctuary for its guests. Located on a 160-acre parcel of land with 5,000 feet of waterfront, the Lodge offered a combination of lush vegetation, rolling ranges, dense forest and year-round streams pouring into pristine lakes. It had no difficulty living up to its 1940s’ slogan as a place “dedicated to the lovers of nature and the discriminating angler.”

Grain’s story of Glimpse Lake Lodge between 1981–1987 charts the lives of seven families’ collective attempt at inventive accommodation, complete with all the hooks and bobs that linger just below the surface. The events at Glimpse Lake Lodge range from the hilarious to the tragic and include honeymoons, horror stories, affairs, mysteries, comedic do-it-yourself tales and heartfelt family memories. Follow the Glimpse Lake gang along unexpected trails as they encounter a wide array of wildlife, country characters and even Jack, a train-robbing-outlaw ghost, and his wandering counterpart, the Lost Fisherman.

Flylines & Fishtales is a rollicking, adventurous chronicle of a life many of us only dream about casting. Grain captures local Thompson Okanagan folklore and history as he recounts his adventures, discovering along the way forgotten stories hidden within the Lodge’s old log cabins and told around the campfires of his guests late at night.

John Grain has been an avid outdoorsman since growing up on Saltspring Island in the 1960s. He has been a BC public school teacher since 1976 and is active with the BC Teachers Federation and the BC College of Teachers. He was also a fishing guide and taught the C.O.R.E hunting program. A few times each year John and his wife Kirsti still make the trek to Glimpse Lake to enjoy the fishing and to chuckle or shed a tear over those magical memories from so long ago. John lives in Kelowna, BC.

For more information about the launch, please contact Mosaic Books at 250-763-4418.