Celebrating mushrooms in 2023

The mushroom season is finally getting started on the southern end of Vancouver Island.Lots of VI mushroom events over the next few weeks. See the Events tab for the ones that Andy and Kem are involved in. A video about the week, produced as part of the This Week in History series, airs on CHEK-TV's News at 5 program on Saturday, October 14.Big news this year--the SVIMS show is returning to the Royal BC Museum. The Museum has planned a week of fungi events around the opening of their new IMAX film, Fungi: The Web of Life.  A still from new This Week in History show


The 2022 Mushroom Season begins

The 2022 BC mushroom season has begun! Authors Andy and Kem will be part of over 15 public events during the next two months. See a list of these happenings under the Events tab. Lobster mushroom, Hypomyces lactifluorum, found by Angelica Save in Metchosin in August, 2022 (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/131839751)


New printing now available

The new BC mushroom book has proved to be too popular--the first printing sold out in a few weeks. A new printing was deleyed by COVID supply chain and labour issues. The new printing is now done! Bookstores across BC are being quickly restocked. The Royal BC Museum Shop has lots of copies.


RBCM travelling exhibit on BC Mushrooms

The book Mushrooms of British Columbia has been joined by a sister production from the Royal BC Museum.  A new museum travelling exhibit on "BC's Marvellous Mushrooms" is now available for exhibitors to lease. The exhibit is currently on display at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. The installation features 16 large colour panels and 3 exhibit boxes. The panels were authored by Andy MacKinnon and Kem Luther. Much of the content in the panels is based on material from the Mushrooms of British Columbia, especially the book's box essays.  Dr. Cara Gibson, Executive Director of the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, stands in front of the new BC Museum travelling exhibit The initial panel of the exhibit introduces the display, emphasizing the many ways that mushrooms are important to the people of BC. Halfway through the exhibit, one of the panels takes the reader on a tour of the major mushroom groups. Some views of the panels in the travelling exhibit. Two of the exhibit boxes have lifesize models of 10 of BC's best edible…

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Number two in Canada, supply issues

This week Mushrooms of British Columbia, which has been a BC #1 bestseller for two weeks, leaped to #2 on the Canada-wide nonfiction list maintained by Booknet Canada. Because of its popularity, this new guide has become increasingly hard to find. The distributors have emptied their shelves of the first printing, so bookstores can't restock (hint: the biggest supply in the metro Victoria area seems to be at Munro's Books).  In addition, Amazon Canada is promising to have books in stock by December 8.  A new printing is in progress, so the books should be back on bookstore shelves by the end of December.  If you are hoping to get this book by Christmas, and Munro's or Amazon Canada are not options for you, then we suggest that you order directly from Royal BC Museum Books site--copies ordered from there will ship directly from the printer on December 17 and may arrive in time for Christmas, depending on the mails.


Mushrooms of BC now published!

Mushrooms of British Columbia, the latest handbook from Royal BC Museum Books, is now available in many BC book outlets. This new 500-page, all-colour volume features illustrated, in-depth looks at 350 of BC's most common mushrooms. For most of its first year of publication it was the#1 bestseller on the rankings list maintained by the Association of Book Publishers of BC.