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GB is OK! The Okanagan reads Shoot!


9781554200412-Shoot-3DlShoot! George Bow­er­ing’s nov­el about the Wild McLean Boys, is the inau­gur­al choice for Okana­gan Reads, a brand-new project from the Okana­gan Region­al Library to pro­mote read­ing and lit­er­a­cy in the Okana­gan Val­ley. What bet­ter choice for inau­gur­al author than George Bow­er­ing, whose own vora­cious read­ing habits while grow­ing up in the South Okana­gan town of Lawrence were fed, alas, not by the library but by Frank’s Pool Hall?

Bow­er­ing is an Okana­gan boy who went on to put his read­ing habit to good use as a poet, nov­el­ist, and crit­ic. As poet he as won the Governor-General’s Award and was the inau­gur­al (there’s that word again) Poet-Lau­re­ate for Cana­da. As nov­el­ist, he has writ­ten, among many oth­er books, a trio of his­tor­i­cal nov­els set in (what is right now) British Colum­bia: Shoot!, Caprice — both with Inte­ri­or set­tings — and Burn­ing Water, which is set on and off the coast. As crit­ic and prof, he had a long and dis­tin­guished career as pro­fes­sor of lit­er­a­ture at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, where a gen­er­a­tion or two of writ­ers passed through his class­es.

Okana­gan Reads runs from Feb­ru­ary 1 to March 8, and fea­tures author read­ings, film screen­ings and book dis­cus­sions in library branch­es across the Okana­gan Val­ley. There’s more info at