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Okanagan Odyssey: Journeys through Terrain, Terroir and Culture [Paperback]

Don Gayton
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May 1 2010

Okanagan Odyssey is a quirky and lyrical examination of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Sticking to the backroads and byways, Gayton gently pokes and prods local ecosystems, histories, vineyards and people. From Osoyoos in the south to Armstrong at the head of the Valley, the author revels in the biological and social diversity while sampling local wines and fruit along the way. In his unique version of wine pairing, Gayton matches up local books and landscapes with local vintages, giving terroir a whole new meaning. An ecologist by profession, Gayton deftly negotiates the tension between the Okanagan that is home to many endangered species and ecosystems, and the same Okanagan that is a mecca for developers and urban refugees. Okanagan Odyssey is not a travel guide, but represents travel writing at its idiosyncratic best.

Please visit Don at www.dongayton.ca.

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Don Gayton is the 2009/2010 Haig-Brown Centenary Writer in Residence at the University of Victoria and an author of popular non-fiction. His books include Interwoven Wild, Kokanee, Landscapes of the Interior and The Wheatgrass Mechanism. He also writes for Canadian Geographic as well as technical articles on grasslands, climate change and fire ecology. His awards include the Saskatchewan Writers Guild non-fiction award, the US National Outdoor Book Award, the Canadian Science Writers Award and two shortlistings for the BC Book Awards. Gayton lives and works in Summerland, BC.

Please visit Don at www.dongayton.ca.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Local Gem July 12 2010
It's hard for me to imagine how this book would be perceived by someone living outside of BC's Okanagan Valley. I suspect the charm and depth of the writing would make it compelling and interesting enough for an "outsider", but for those of us living here, it's a real treasure. It's rare for smaller regions like this to have a skilled scientist-poet holding up a mirror for us to see the landscape and culture of our home places -- a magnifying glass and a telescope too. These insightful, humorous stories and bits of analysis of life in this valley feel just right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little read! Jan. 24 2013
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If you're looking for a good book for the Okanagan I'd recommend this one. A very easy read! Put together nicely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars weird but good Aug. 9 2013
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A very interesting sort of stream of conscience review of the area and its features. Enjoyable but I am not so sure it will act as a good travelogue for my upcoming visit to the area.
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