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BC Bookworld’s Alan Twigg discusses his new book The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books and Authors (Ronsdale Press, 2010), with Joseph Planta, as well announces that Chuck Davis is to receive the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books and Authors by Alan Twigg. (Ronsdale Press, 2010)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Essentials


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. In Vancouver, this is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

You’d find difficulty in trying to find someone in this province who’s done more to promote the books and book industry in British Columbia. Since 1987, Alan Twigg written and published the great paper, BC Bookworld, as well he’s conceived and coordinated numerous literary prizes, and he’s created the indispensible www.abcbookworld.com, which with SFU complies information on more than 9,000 BC authors. He’s written some 16 books, and produced six films about authors. He joins me now to discuss his latest book—The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books and Authors. It’s a great guide to the books from and about BC, as well it lists those authors and books that have played an important role in the history of the province. So there’s Alice Munro, Earle Birney and Eric Nicol, as well as Bruce Hutchison, Roderick Haig-Brown, Pauline Johnson, Douglas Coupland, and Chuck Davis. Also on the list are Rick Hansen, Margaret Trudeau and David Suzuki, but not Jim Taylor, Jean Barman, Patrick Lane, George Fetherling, or P.K. Page. The book is certainly to begin a wonderful discussion on what essential means, and the list that Alan Twigg has complied. It’s a lively, fascinating, and thought provoking book. The book launch is this Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 7.30pm. Alan will speak at SFU at Harbour Centre, you can RSVP at www.sfu.ca/reserve or e-mail Alan at bookworld@telus.net. Alan’s own website is at www.alantwigg.com. The Essentials is published by Ronsdale Press. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Alan Twigg; Good morning, Mr. Twigg.

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