Deryn Collier is the One Book One Kootenay winner for 2013.

Collier earns Kootenay honour

It was a hard fought three-way race as the polls closed and the votes were counted —and the suspense was palpable

It was a hard fought three-way race as the polls closed and the votes were counted —and the suspense was palpable. In fact, the process was almost as suspenseful as the plot of this year’s One Book, One Kootenay selection.

Confined Space by Deryn Collier is this year’s One Book, One Kootenay official selection.

“OBOK is a wonderful way to support local writers and the exposure throughout the region for Confined Space has been fantastic,” said Collier when she heard her book was voted as the one Kootenay booklovers should read. “I really hope the program continues.”

OBOK is a region-wide book club supported by the Kootenay Library Federation, the 19 member libraries in the Kootenay/Boundary, and the Columbia Basin Trust. The initiative creates an awareness of the depth and diversity of the rich literary culture of the Kootenays. Since the inception of OBOK, more people are reading books by Kootenay authors.

Confined Space is a locally-written mystery with universal appeal. The characters feel real, the plot is believable and readers don’t need to live in the Kootenays to picture the novel’s setting of Kootenay Landing. Collier will read from Confined Space and answer questions in a multi-library reading series in October, announced soon at obok.ca.

Confined Space was joined by two other great Kootenay books for this year’s One Book, One Kootenay program: Antonia Banyard’s novel Never Going Back and Bruce Kirkby’s adventure travelogue The Dolphin’s Tooth. All three can be found at your public library.

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