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B.C. Almanac
with Mark Forsythe

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B.C. Almanac weekdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Coming up

How can the technology industries attract more female employees?  That story on Wednesday with guest host Michelle Eliot.

Call toll free to 1-800-825-5950 or in the Lower Mainland call 604-669-3733 or *690 on the cell.  And tweet to @bcalmanac.

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Now in B.C. bookstores

A collaboration with B.C. Almanac listeners and co-author Greg Dickson. Net proceeds will benefit the Canadian Letters and Images Project. Read fascinating stories -- from submarine smuggling to the role of women on the home front and how the Great War changed life in B.C.  
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More #bcharvest

From Andrew Marvell's "The Garden"

What wond'rous life in this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons as I pass,
Ensnar'd with flow'rs, I fall on grass.

Jill Milton on Cortes Island

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#bcharvest Contest

I have offered my friends a bun with a weenie.
They have even accepted some yellow zucchini.
They take rhubarb, potatoes, swiss chard and kale,
Which grows really well in our city of Trail.
But they eye me with doubt and they say "Oh My Gosh!"
Why would a friend even offer us squash.
Ray Tenisci in Trail

Send us your harvest photo: Tweet @bcalmanac (#bcharvest) or email

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Monster Tomato

Andre Langlois picked this beauty from his home garden in Vernon. (Brian Minter says it's time to protect your tomatoes from blight. Not a problem for Andre!)
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BC Almanac's latest book project

Our collaboration with CBC listeners and co-author Greg Dickson is now at the printers. Net proceeds will be directed to the Canadian Letters & Images Project. Thank you to the creative people at Harbour Publishing for guiding us along in this latest B.C. Almanac book project.
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Summer transit

Mark's commute on Selby Lake, Quebec.On Friday August 29th we'll be hearing about how the canoe shaped the history of B.C. when Sanford Osler joins us to discuss his book: Canoe Crossings. Call with your canoe story. 
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SS Master needs a friend

Last of her kind. Wooden hulled (Douglas fir) steam tug SS Master was built in 1922 and worked the coast for 37 years towing logs, barges, coal & gravel. She had five owners and steamed over one million miles. An SS Master Centenary project aims to repair her for the upcoming 100th anniversary. If you care about our maritime heritage visit
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Summer Reading

Daniela Espero joined us from the Vancouver Public Library with some great suggestions for summertime reading. VPL staff picks: 

Dare Me - Megan Abbott
Pretty Good Number One - Matthew Amster-Burton
Longbourn - Jo Baker
Hyperbole and A Half - Alliw Brosh
The Night Gwen Stacy Died  - Sarah Bruni
Year of Winders - Gweraldine Brooks
Three Souls - Janie Chang
Game of Cages - Harry Connolly
No One Left to Tell - Jordan Dane
Traitor's Blade - Sebastien De Castell
Jerusalem  - Guy Delisle
Cartwheel - Jennifer DuBois
For Today I Am A Boy - Kim Fu
On the Island - Tracey Garvis Graves
The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison
Stay - Aislinn Hunter
Wrong Place, Wrong Time - Andrea Kane
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Graveminder - Melissa Marr 
The Days of Anna Madrigal - Armistead Maupin
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
he Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
Happy City - Charles Montgomery
Night Film - Marisha Pessl
The Truth About Luck - Iain Reid
The Garden of Evening Mists - Twan Eng Tan
We Live in Water - Jess Walter 
The Partner Track - Helen Wan
Inside A Pearl - Edmund White
Thirteenth Child - Patricia C. Wrede  

Listeners' picks:

A Thousand Autumns of Jacob Dezoet - David Mitchell
The Shining - Stephen King
Into the Heart of the Country - Pauline Holdstock
In My Own Heart's Blood - Diane Gabaldon
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls 
Bread and Bones - Saleema Nawaz
Kiss the Girls  - James Patterson
Past Imperfect  - Julian Barnes
War Reporting for Cowards - Chris Ayres 

Daniela's summer reading list:

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Was trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe -- Romain Puertolas
Demon Hunting in Dixie - Lexi George
The Martian - Andy Weir
No Relation - Tery Fallis 
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island - Mac Griswold
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton 
Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid

Most requested books on hold at VPL:

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
The Orenda - Joseph Boyden 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Picketty
Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Michael Lewis
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell

Other suggestions:

A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams
My Life in Middlemarch - Rebecca Mead
Lovers At The Cameleon Club, Paris 1932 - Francine Prose
Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese
The Vacationers - Emma Straub
The Snow Queen - Michael Cunningham
Lawrence in Arabia - Scott Anderson

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Hello Haida Gwaii

Haida Heritage Centre, Skidegate. Listen back to our interviews from Haida Gwaii on our Featured Audio link. More photos here
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Faces of B.C.

DSC_4322.JPGWhere in the world were you born? Add your photo and a few lines about why you love living in B.C. for our Faces of B.C. project. Help us celebrate our rich diversity just in time for Canada Day.