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Our hearty congratulations to former park warden George Mercer, whose book Fat Cats won a Gold Medal in the Best Regional Fiction (Canada West) category of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Fat Cats is the latest book in his Dyed in the Green mystery series set in Canada's national parks. The Dyed In the Green series also won a Silver Medal in the overall Fiction Series category. 

Gem Trek spring map special is back!See more
The Gem Trek Spring Special is on until May 31. Our retail customers can order any of the Gem Trek maps - staples of the Canadian Rockies hiking and tourist crowd - for 50% off retail with payment upfront. Download the order form here, or submit your order your way, referencing the Gem Trek Spring Special.
Banff photographer Paul Zizka releases perpetual calendar!See more
Award-winning local photographer Paul Zizka has just released a brand-new perpetual calendar of gorgeous Canadian Rockies landscapes, now available through Alpine Book Peddlers. Order it here!

Locations featured in the calendar include: Banff National Park including Banff townsite, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Castle Mountain, Bow Lake, and more; Yoho National Park including Emerald Lake; Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park; Mount Robson Provincial Park; and Jasper National Park including the Columbia Icefields. 

Track birthdays, anniversaries and annual celebrations in this stunning reusable calendar. Printed in Canada. Photos courtesy of Paul Zizka Photography.



Reading in the Rockies reviews ... The Golden Spruce!See more
Welcome to another guest book review, from local book reviewer, Reading in the Rockies! We'll be posting her reviews here, and on our new Book Reviews page, to help you and your staff learn more about the books we're carrying.

In this edition, she's reviewing The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant.


⭐⭐⭐ 3.5/5

“During one autumn around 1700, on the west bank of the Yakoun River, a random Sitka spruce cone opened and let a seed like no other drift to earth.”

The Golden Spruce is a fascinating and detailed account of the rare tree after which the book is titled, the story of how it came to be and its unique ecosystem in the coastal wilderness; the story of the man who felled it, and the nearly 300 years of context in between. Vaillant describes the exploration and discovery of British Columbia, the history of the Haida’s contacts with European traders and settlers; he discusses human impact and climate change, the industrial revolution and deforestation, the history of the logging and wood products industry, and how these all relate.
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Canada Reads 2019: And the winner is ... !See more

The annual debate to choose one book Canada should read this year is complete! From March 25-28, five Canadians duked it out over which of the five shortlisted titles best fulfills this year's theme: One Book to Move You. This year's winner was: By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz. Find out more at