AUTHOR READING  Author Bruce Kirkby, an OBOK finalist with his book The Dolphins Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure, gave a talk at the CPR Lodge on July 12th hosted by the Invermere Public Library. Photo submitted

AUTHOR READING Author Bruce Kirkby, an OBOK finalist with his book The Dolphins Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure, gave a talk at the CPR Lodge on July 12th hosted by the Invermere Public Library. Photo submitted

By Joanne Richards

Kootenay Library Federation

The popular Kootenay-wide book club One Book, One Kootenay has kept regional readers busy trying to decide which of the three shortlisted books should get the nod. Each year, booklovers read, discuss and vote on the book they think all Kootenay folk should read. The deadline for voting for the 2013 One Book, One Kootenay selection is Friday, August 2nd.

This years shortlist is comprised of Never Going Back by Antonia Banyard, Confined Space by Deryn Collier and The Dolphins Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure by Bruce Kirkby. Since May, these Kootenay authors have been reading in libraries across the region, either in person or virtually through film. With several days left to read and vote, the Kootenay Library Federation that hosts OBOK is urging people to pick up copies of the books at their local libraries and vote.

They are all good reads: Colliers mystery Confined Space (Simon & Schuster) introduces small-town coroner Bern Fortin as he investigates a murder in a brewery; The Dolphins Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure (McClelland & Stewart) follows Kirkby through 15 years of high adventure in some of the worlds edgier places; Banyards novel Never Going Back (Thistledown Press) brings together a group of high school friends after 10 years of separation as they converge for a friends memorial.

The 2013 selected OBOK author is celebrated in a tour of select Kootenay Libraries in the fall.

Its great to be able to celebrate the talented writers of the Kootenay in this way, said Kootenay Library Federation director Joanne Richards. With One Book, One Kootenay, everybody wins.

This is the fifth anniversary of OBOK, a region-wide book club supported by public libraries in the East and West Kootenay, and the Columbia Basin Trust. To find information about the books and interviews with the authors, follow the results of the vote, and find out where to catch the selected author reading at a library near you, visit www.obko.ca.