It’s delicious when something you dream begins to take on its own life. As a novelist, I’ve gotten to experience this sensation more often than most. Most recently, though, I’ve seen this with a project David and I are working on together called The Greatest 100 Books of British Columbia. It will be published in the fall of 2011 and though we’ve been cooking it up for a while, we only announced the book and unleashed the Web site not quite two weeks ago.
What we hoped to create with this book was a conversation about books and reading that would continue through the year or so we plan on working on it and, of course, right through publication.
British Columbia has such a rich literary history, not to mention a glorious publishing present and it’s easy to forget those things, especially under the pressure of various sky-is-falling influences. And so we wanted to start people thinking and talking: about the books that had touched them throughout their lifetimes and the books that continue to bring sense and meaning and joy into the present.
The response from both the press and the reading public has been rewarding. It’s still early days, but we’ve already seen an encouraging amount of press coverage and people are sending in their lists of the books they think are greatest. They’re really beginning to pour in. It’s fantastic.
If you want to learn more about The Greatest 100 Books of British Columbia, the Web site is here.