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April 18, 2013

Packing for the Northern Leg
Posted by Victoria Miles

Victoria Miles

Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40Just a few short days before the Northern BC tour begins, and I’m planning my packing carefully. Two pairs of shoes, or three? Never mind, a road trip is not about the footwear, it’s about the books you bring along to read on the ride. I have my little stack all set and ready—most being authored by fellow Book Prize nominees. Or course I’m bringing along my brand new copies of Marc Strange and Jackson Davies’ Bruno and the Beach: the Beachcombers at 40. You would, too, if you were an unabashed Beachcomber’s fan and about to spend six days in an SUV with Constable Constable.

Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a CopAfter that I’ll open Carol Shaben’s Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop. A few months ago, I tuned in to CBC Radio partway through an interview with Shaban. I had missed all the context, but there was so much wonder in the way she was speaking that I was immediately drawn in, without fully knowing what the subject was about. The book has been acclaimed for its author’s meticulous research and described as equal to, even going beyond, Jon Krakauer’s signature style. That she knew so well of whom she spoke, and still possessed such awe in describing them, is fascinating to me.

If I can get my hands on a copies of Caroline Adderson’s Middle of Nowhere; John Lekich’s The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls; Susin Nielsen’s The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen or Seraphina by Rachel Hartman those will be coming with me as well. But they asked us to pack light, which may mean foregoing a pair of shoes. Or two.

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