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12/15/2015 05:26 EST | Updated 12/15/2015 05:59 EST

Adrian Dix Christmas Book List 2015 Features Fine Pairings This Year

"The criteria is simple: books that I have read or re-read in 2015 and want to recommend."

A Christmas tradition continues at The Huffington Post B.C. as Vancouver-Kingsway MLA and former B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix shares his picks for great reads, or fantastic gifts for the reader in your life.

I am happy to present my book list for Christmas 2015. These are not necessarily books published this year or even recent books. The criteria is simple: books that I have read or re-read in 2015 and want to recommend.

I note that the remarkable Vancouver writer Wayde Compton and poet Renee Saklikar (yes! Shameless plug) edited The Revolving City this year — a collection of poems from SFU’s Lunch Poems series.

The book pairs poems with short essays about how they were created by dozens of B.C.’s best poets. The poems are great and for anyone who writes or aspires to write about anything, the insight into the creative process is of great value.

In this spirit, for 2015, I will pair favourite books that have things in common, ideas that lead to more ideas. That makes nine pairings, or 18 books. This is a list not a ranking. Number one is in not necessarily the best book — just the first one listed.

(See here for my 2014 list, here for my 2013 list and here for 2012.)

Finally, this year, two great B.C. writers Jamie Reid and Peter Culley passed away. We miss them but they live on in some great writing. Find it, enjoy it and celebrate their memory.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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