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Celebrate BC Book & Magazine Week with John Grain

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2008

As part of BC Book & Magazine Week, Kelowna author John Grain will be reading from and signing copies of his new book Flylines & Fishtales (Caitlin Press) at Bookland, 3400 Ave. Vernon, on April 19th from 11-2 and Bookland, 750 Fortune Dr. in Kamloops on April 26th from 11-2.

BC Book & Magazine Week is a weeklong, province-wide celebration of the local publishing industry and its contribution to literacy, culture and identity organized by the Association of Book Publishers of BC and the BC Association of Magazine Publishers. From April 19-26, BC publishers are uniting in celebration and hosting literary events across BC.

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. 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.

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.

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 events, please contact Bookland in Vernon at 250-545-1885 or Bookland in Kamloops at 250-554-2025.