Authors gather in Oak Bay to launch a new book celebrating the islands of the Salish Sea. (Ivan Watson photo)

40 BC authors celebrate life the Salish Sea

New anthology focuses on “the beauty, community, and importance of our archipelago”

By Ivan Watson

Marion Cumming’s hilltop property in Oak Bay, with lush native plants and colourful flowers, was the perfect setting to launch a book that celebrates the uniqueness of island life in the Salish Sea.

“We came together to celebrate the book and to express gratitude to the writers,” says Cumming. “Every place on earth has its own story and there’s a sense with these writers that our islands and their unique beauty are places that ought to be sustained and appreciated over time.”

The book, Love of the Salish Sea Islands is a collection of new essays, memoirs and poems by 40 island writers including Linda Rogers, Briony Penn, Jack Hodgins, William Deverell, Nancy Turner, Stephen Hume and many others. As an anthology, it is designed as a ‘treasury of writing celebrating the beauty, community, and importance of our archipelago.” It lives up to that billing, and more.

“There are over 500 islands at least in the Salish Sea,” says Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing, who oversaw the book from idea to publication. “I wanted new, original work from writers and I wanted to give a gift back to all of these wonderful islands and it’s been really wonderful; the writers have been fabulous to work with.”

READ ALSO: Bigg’s orcas in the Salish Sea point to shifting habitat of resident killer whales

Oak Bay resident and author Christina Johnson-Dean contributed a piece on escaping to the rugged charm of Gambier Island.

“I think it’s wonderful the way the publisher has really brought out British Columbia history and an appreciation of the creative souls and the province and the Indigenous history. Almost all of the writers touched on that in some way.”

Fertig, like many of the writers, has lived and worked on islands for decades.

“There’s something magical about an island and its connection to the sea,” she says. “There are so many fragile ecosystems we need to preserve and protect.”

She hopes that readers will be inspired to explore and to help protect more of our region’s diverse islands, while gaining a new understanding and appreciation for their beauty and uniqueness.

Love of the Salish Sea Islands was launched in Victoria on July 27 and is available at local booksellers, BC Ferries gift shops and Amazon.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Bear shot with crossbow arrow believed dead

BC Conservation, police track injured black bear’s blood trail near Lost Lake Road

Students and teachers to unite in Monday’s climate action rally

A teach-in for climate justice is set to take place at the B.C. Legislature this afternoon

Hybrid vessels part of B.C. Ferries’ plans to reduce emissions

Long-term goal of B.C. Ferries is to have a “standardized” all-electric fleet

Former runaway teen helps find missing youths through social media

Alex Meikle created the Facebook group Greater Victoria Missing & Runaway Teens

VIDEO: “How dare you?” Greta Thunberg addresses UN climate summit

‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money.’

Pettersson has 4 points as Canucks dump Ottawa 6-4

Vancouver wins NHL pre-season tilt in Abbotsford

British man returns to Yukon to tipple his own toe in long-running tradition

So-called sourtoe cocktail is a shot of whisky with a mummified human toe in it

Poll suggests Canadians concerned about fake news, but struggle to spot it

56 per cent of respondents admitted to reading or sharing inaccurate news

Bank robber targets Langford RBC

RCMP say robber produced a note, left with cash

Hawaii coral show signs of stress amid record-setting heat

June, July and parts of August all experienced the hottest ocean temperatures ever recorded

Province announces $3.5 million in funding for community solutions to overdose crisis

Grants up to $50,000 will be available for municipalities working with a regional health authority

Sophia Loren, Valentino receive standing ovation in Milan

Standing ovation from fashion and Hollywood A-listers at annual Green Carpet event

‘Own a piece of history’: Beachcombers location Molly’s Reach up for sale

‘This is one of B.C.’s most photographed buildings’

Most Read