Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for December 11th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/12/10

      In ‘Beau Dick,’ Justin Barski examines eighty  works by one of our country’s finest artists in Kwakwaka’wakw tradition.   Anna Humphrey’s ‘Megabat” is the humorous tale of two unlikely friends, a young boy and a bat, and how they bond over jellyrolls.   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am,


At the Library for December 4th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/12/03

    Many decades ago, a Cranbrook resident demanded that the Cranbrook Library remove Mel Frank’s ‘Marijuana Grower’s Guide,’ from its collection, feeling it was not appropriate library material.  After a thorough review process, the Library Board voted to keep the book on the shelves. Unhappy with this decision, the person then took their complaint


At the Library for November 27th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/11/26

    In 1973 a married British couple traveled by bus, train, boat, and rickshaw across Europe and Asia, eventually arriving in Australia. So many people wanted to hear about their trip that they wrote ‘Across Asia on the Cheap’—a photocopied and stapled guide for their friends and family. Word of mouth had Australian bookstores


At the Library for November 20th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/11/19

    What was so special about ancient Egypt that women could rise to the highest political office in a male dominated society?  Karen Cooney examines this question by examining the lives of six female pharaohs in her latest book ‘When Women Ruled the World.’   ‘Anne Frank’s Diary; The Graphic Adaption’ continues to capture


At the Library for November 13th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/11/12

    A forester shares his favourite stories with incredible photography in Peter Wohlleben’s ‘The Hidden Life of Trees.’   Sent to a camp to train how to be a big sister, a young girl is determined to be the worst big sister ever in Judith Viorst’s ‘Lulu is Getting a Sister.’   Preschool Story


At the Library for November 6th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/11/05

    Cranbrook’s Dave Butler returns with the second part of his Jenny Willson mysteries—‘No Place for Wolverines.’ Winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel, Butler amps up the pace for park warden Willson as she investigates the mysterious death of a wolverine researcher. Another chilling entry into this compelling


At the Library for October 23rd, 2018

Last Updated 2018/10/22

    Kevin Kwan’s humour and satirical trilogy is new this week, which began with ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ends with ‘Rich People Problems.’   J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Story of Kullervo’ tells the story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father.


At the Library for October 16th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/10/15

  Long time Kimberley resident and school principal Don Davies spent his retirement hiking, biking and exploring both locally and abroad. He cycled from New York to Alaska, and pedaled his way around Australia’s coast—all 16,000 kilometers of it. Struck with incurable bone and marrow cancer, Davies has slowed down, but not by much. He


At the Library for October 9th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/10/07

    The ups and downs of minor hockey are tackled from mother’s point of view in ‘Home Ice’—written by Kootenay local Angie Abdou.   A young cosplayer is transported into her favourite book and movie franchise in Anna Day’s ‘The Fandom.’   Storytime is back! Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am,


At the Library for October 2, 2018

Last Updated 2018/10/01

    After her plans to live in Africa fall through, a young journalist moves to Yellowknife only to encounter subarctic temperatures, wild animals, and place to call home in Laurie Sarkadi’s memoir ‘Voice in the Wilderness.’   Scott W. Person’s ‘Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands’ is a brilliantly illustrated guide to the dinosaur capital