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1130 Bookshelf year in review: Looking back at the best in local publishing in 2019

Last Updated Dec 21, 2019 at 7:02 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s like a book club, but on the radio!  Every week, NEWS 1130’s John Ackermann pulls a new title from the 1130 Bookshelf, and as 2019 draws to a close, he has compiled a list of the 10 best books published over the past year.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Vancouver After Dark: The Wild History of a City’s Nightlife

“Vancouver isn’t, and never has been, a no fun city,” argues writer and historian Aaron Chapman in his fourth and latest book.

Read the full review here.

Everything British Columbia: The Ultimate Book of Lists

If you love lists and you love B.C., this may be the book for you.

Read the full review here.

Major Misconduct: The Human Cost of Fighting in Hockey

“Hockey is an easy game to love, but there is a dark side,” writes author Jeremy Allingham.

Read the full review here.

Magic Moments in BC Sports

Magic Moments in BC Sports: A Century in Photos is the third book from former Vancouver Sun and Province image librarian Kate Bird. She feels sports have a way of bringing us together like nothing else can.

Read the full review here.


How did the city we know and love become the way it is and what can other places learn from it? That’s the theme of Vancouverism.

Read the full review here.

The Lieutenant Governors of B.C.

From “constitutional fire extinguisher” to “promoter-in-chief,” the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is not just a ceremonial position. A new book looks at the evolution of the role over the years.

Read the full review for The Lieutenant Governors of British Columbia

Outside In: A Political Memoir

From community organizer to city councillor to Member of Parliament, Libby Davies has spent a lifetime fighting for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Now, she is sharing her story in a book.

Read the full review for Outside In: A Political Memoir

Too Dumb for Democracy

Making good political decisions is more important than ever, especially given challenges like democratic decline, environmental catastrophe, and terror at home and abroad, according to author and political scientist David Moscrop.

Read the full review for Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones

George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter

He’s been called “the Walter Cronkite of B.C. Radio” and “the best there was, is, and ever will be” by his peers. Now, George Garrett is out with a book detailing his nearly four-and-a-half decades breaking some of the biggest stories in the province’s history.

Read the full review for George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter

Blamed and Broken

It seems we still have a lot to learn about the deadly confrontation between four RCMP officers and a Polish immigrant at YVR, more than 11 years after it happened. Author Curt Petrovich has covered the case from the beginning.

Read the full review for Blamed and Broken: The Mounties and The Death of Robert Dziekanski