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BC Book Prize, Non-Fiction, Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One (Finalist)
Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature: Bev Sellars, They Called Me Number One (Third Prize winner)

Like thousands of Aboriginal children in Canada, and elsewhere in the colonized world, Xatsu'll chief Bev Sellars spent part of her childhood as a student in a church-run residential school.

These institutions endeavored to "civilize" Native children through Christian teachings; forced separation from family, language, and culture; and strict discipline. Perhaps the most symbolically potent strategy used to alienate residential school children was addressing them by assigned numbers only—not by the names with which they knew and understood themselves.

In this frank and poignant memoir of her years at St. Joseph's Mission, Sellars breaks her silence about the residential school's lasting effects on her and her family—from substance abuse to suicide attempts—and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. Number One comes at a time of recognition—by governments and society at large—that only through knowing the truth about these past injustices can we begin to redress them.

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In eighteenth-century London, women whisper of a hidden apothecary shop and its mysterious owner.  Nella, who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives.  Nella's dark world is no place for her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year old named Eliza Fanning, but their unexpected bond sparks a string of consequences that echoes through the centuries.

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Captain Bruno Correges is not simply the Chief of Police - he is the only police officer in sleepy St. Denis, a town in France's beautiful Dordogne region.

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1/3 of the proceeds to the Comox Valley Rotary.

After a life-altering motorcycle accident in Walla Walla Washington, a chance encounter with a dancing Japanese chef draws Avi Sternberg to the ultra-traditional training of a Japanese Kaiseki chef in Northern Japan. Swimming through the knife racks of Japan's most prestigious cooking school and toughest restaurant kitchens for eight years, Avi faces cultural barriers, demanding mentors, and inner demons. Now living on the coast of Northern British Columbia, Avi holds true to the soul of his training while inventing new ways to serve up Japan's traditional dishes to a North American clientele." 

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Summary: A #1 New York Times Bestseller. The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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