By Lyonel Doherty

Special to the Pioneer

A special campaign is encouraging people in the Columbia Valley to fill their heads with knowledge and shop locally to keep their community thriving.

Heritage House Publishing has partnered with 10 independent bookstores in BC for a reading campaign called “Treat Your Shelf” from April to June. Each bookstore will feature local stories and Indigenous authors published by Heritage House.

The company says this segment of the population is often under-represented, therefore it wants to “give them a chance to shine.” The end goal is to raise awareness about these stories and Indigenous books while supporting local bookstores in encouraging people to read.

One of the bookstores included in the campaign is Invermere’s Four Points Books that will feature a number of regional books. For example, you may want to read about the reflections of a hippie homesteader, the courage of 50 trailblazing women, a nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, the saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, the dark legacy of Indian residential schools, roadside geology, and the Barnard’s Express stagecoach.

Four Points Books is located at 1225-7th Avenue.