British Columbia Library Association

Titles to talk about from the Readers’ Advisory Interest Group

By Shelley Wilson-Roberts and Tara Matsuzaki

The BCLA Readers Advisory Interest Group would like to share three titles with you. Happy reading!

The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

A family saga set in the Thompson-Shushwap region of BC, this story intertwines two families, one white, the other Shushwap, with the fictional Lightning River running between them. Anderson-Dargatz weaves First Nations myth into a story that tells of the environmental consequences of development that has resulted in much fewer salmon spawning in the river. If you like stories that mingle the supernatural with the everyday, then give this a try.

Inner Lives of Markets by Raymond Fisman

A fun, fast-paced read for fans of well-written popular science. Markets have invaded most aspects of modern life (e.g. Uber, Air B&B, Craigslist). To examine the pros and cons, the authors explain the evolution of the mathematical models created to grapple with real-world problems like assigning students to public schools, buying a used car without getting ripped off, and matching organ donors with recipients. Highly recommended.

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

An intricately written novel that explores a young Irishwoman’s move to London to study acting, and her passionate affair with an older actor. McBride’s writing has been described as taking after James Joyce, and she shares the same inventiveness and delight in language. This book will appeal to fans of literary fiction and fans of London–the city itself features prominently in the book. A great read with a dreamlike quality that will draw you in.


Shelley Wilson-Roberts is a librarian at the New Westminster Public Library and the co-convener of the BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group.

Tara Matsuzaki is a librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library and the co-convener of the BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group

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