The heart of a valley comes to Rossland Public Library

By Contributor
October 10th, 2012

The history of the Slocan Valley is synonymous with the people who have travelled through it, enjoyed its abundant resources and built their homes and communities there. Rita Moir, who has made her home in the valley since 1975, is one of those people.

Moir presents her beautiful book of image and essay, The Third Crop: A personal and historical journey into the photo albums and shoeboxes of the Slocan Valley 1800s to early 1940s, at the Rossland Public Library on 11 October at 7pm.

In The Third Crop, Moir embarks on a personal journey through memorabilia found in private albums, dusty shoeboxes, and community archives, skillfully and passionately recounting the stories of an era that was pivotal in forming the character of the Valley. More than 160 historic photographs are beautifully juxtaposed with contemporary images of the valley.

The Third Cropis Moir’s fourth book. Survival Gear (Polestar, 1994), Buffalo Jump: A Woman’s Travels (Coteau, 1999), The Windshift Line: A Father and Daughter’s Story (Greystone, 2005), have all been shortlisted for or have won awards, including B.C.’s Hubert Evans award.

One Book, One Kootenay (OBOK), a project of the Kootenay Library Federation, is a region-wide book club that celebrates the work of the talented writers living in the Kootenay Boundary.  Each year a committee puts forth a shortlist of three books written by Kootenay authors.  One of those books, The Third Crop, was selected by residents throughout the Kootenay/Boundary, who casted their votes at local public libraries.     

For more information go to the Kootenay Library Federation website at obok.ca, where you can find out more about the author, The Third Crop, and a schedule of Rita Moir’s OBOK tour.  To find out more about Moir’s presentation contact the library at (250) 362-7611.

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