Book showcases B.C. Interior

A 300-page anthology will feature fiction, true-life stories and poetry about the B.C. Interior.

A 300-page anthology will feature fiction, true-life stories and poetry about the B.C. Interior.

Voices from the Valleys, edited by Jodie Renner, features works of 51 B.C. writers.

The anthology includes stories about experiences in remote areas, encounters with wildlife, childhood memories, stories about relationships and family bonds and more.

Contributors are from around the province, with 21 living in the South Okanagan.

From Summerland, contributors are John Arendt, Keith Dixon, Dianne Hildebrand and Anita Perry.

Renner said she wanted stories with a uniquely B.C. flavour.

“I had envisioned a maximum of about 20 contributors and up to 200 pages, but the contributions kept pouring in. I also wanted to represent every region in B.C.’s Interior, which was another factor that led to the expansion of the book,” she said.

All proceeds after production expenses will go to Doctors Without Borders Canada.

“I have admired their generous efforts around the world for many years, and felt that, as the world’s leading independent medical relief organization, focusing on emergency medical and humanitarian relief around the world, they were a highly respected, very worthwhile charity to support,” she said. “They offer help in third-world countries and war-torn areas where no health or sanitary systems exist, or where the current infrastructures have been overwhelmed by health needs.”

A virtual book launch for Voices from the Valleys will take place on Facebook this Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. at facebook.com/events/1531096483856907/