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 British Columbia is now the #1 bestseller in BC! Canada-wide, it's #5.
At the recent mushroom festival in Bamfield, guides (l. to r.) Kem Luther, Juliet Pendray, and Andy MacKinnon demonstrate their perfect consensus about where to find mushrooms. Photo by James Holkko.
On September 12, the new Mushrooms of British Columbia (BC Museum Books, 2021) was officially launched at a book signing at Munro's Books in Victoria, BC. Pictures by Thor Henrich, with permission.
Refugees endangered by unfamiliar mushroomsGuardian, September, 2021.
A mushroom art show now on in Cowichan Valley.
"After teaming up with some big names in consumer products, including L'Oreal and Nestle, the company recently announced that it has produced the world's first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic." BBC News, 30 July 2021"
"The fight for the right to use and possess magic mushrooms for medical purposes could be headed to Federal Court in a case that echoes the early efforts to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. The Tyee, 5 July 2021.
B.C. scientist and UBC professor Shannon Berch has been leading a project that looks closely at what types of fungi grow on the roots of Garry oak trees. Metchosin mycologist Andy MacKinnon, who has been helping with the study, shared that samples from the roots of Garry oaks have revealed some species which don’t match any other in published literature. This suggests they may have found some species that are new to science. Read the story in Victoria News, March 14, 2021
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.