(From left) Antonia Banyard

(From left) Antonia Banyard

One Book, One Kootenay voting continues until Aug. 2

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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, book lovers 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 Aug. 2.

This year’s shortlist is comprised of Never Going Back by Antonia Banyard, Confined Space by Deryn Collier (a former Creston resident) and The Dolphin’s 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: Collier’s mystery Confined Space (Simon & Schuster) introduces small-town coroner Bern Fortin as he investigates a murder in a brewery; The Dolphin’s Tooth: a Decade in Search of Adventure (McClelland & Stewart) follows Kirkby through 15 years of high adventure in some of the world’s edgier places; Banyard’s novel Never Going Back (Thistledown Press) brings together a group of high school friends after 10 years of separation as they converge for a friend’s memorial.

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

“It’s great to be able to celebrate the talented writers of the Kootenay in this way,” says 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. For more information about the books, interviews with the authors, and to follow the results of the vote, visit www.obok.ca. To read all three of the shortlisted selections and cast your vote, visit the Creston Public Library at 531 16th Avenue South.

—ONE BOOK, ONE KOOTENAY