About Our Books

"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper but Minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice...and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart"   Gilbert Highet

Book Categories At Hidden Gems:

We do carry the usual categories found in bookstores: Thrillers/Suspense; Murder Mysteries; Romance; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; True Crime; Non-Fiction/Biographies and Westerns but also want to highlight some other categories you can find as you browse around...

LOCAL AUTHORS-a mix of fiction, non-fiction  can be found amongst our talented local writers. As well, some BC/Canadian authors can also be found on these bookcases. 

(You can check out the books currently in the store that are being highlighted below.)

"If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison.

NEW BOOKS: HGB continues to bring in new books that are requested authors/genres such as Fantasy or the current best seller.

NEWER RELEASES: there is a book case dedicated to newer release gently used books found near the back of the store and for all the book clubs in town a great way to to find their reading material. As well, you will now find books at ends of bookcases and on the post highlighting favorite authors/good books to read.

CANADIAN CONTENT: non-fiction books on BC  and on the rest of Canada.

TRUE ADVENTURE: Under the window in the back you will see true travel; flying; climbing and sailing books; as well as animals; gardening; farming; etc.

GENERAL FICTION: includes Canadian authors as well as Award Winners and interesting reads.

BACKROADS MAPBOOKS AND FISHING BOOKS: available for the local area as well as up north and Kootenays/Revelstoke are for both map and fish books; maps that are water and tear resistant available for 4 areas.

BOOKS TO MOVIES/T.V. SHOWS: this bookcase showcases books made into movies and/or t.v. shows, and assists customers to find those authors, whose work they enjoyed on screen/t.v., to find their other books.

HISTORICAL Fiction: with authors such as Jean Auel, Diana Gabaldon, Kathleen O'Neal and Michael Gear; Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden, Susanna Kearsley, Philippa Gregory, etc. (This section we have enlarged as Historical fiction is very popular--learning about history but in a fun and exciting way.

HUMOR/ BATHROOM READERS AND MISCELLANEOUS ARE ON STACKED IN ONE CORNER.  "Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused."--unknown

CHILDREN'S/PRE-TEENS: Large selection at the back of the store: from teaching the ABC's to educational tools; Board books; Fairy Tails; Disney; classics; to younger teen books; and more. "Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next." -Franklin P. Jones

TEENS: We have a wonderful selection of Fantasy/Teen fiction books and they have their own corner now.

SCIENCE/PHILOSOPHY  Found around the corner from the kid's corner.  "The Philosophy of Ambiguity: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?"--unknown

 SPORTS:  We have downsized this area and have located to the Biography section. "Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if everytime you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your head and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you."--Jacques Plante

CLASSICS: hardcovers found in the Old and Hard to Find; the soft covers are in the next bookcase. Some of the books in Old and Hard to Find are on consignment and can not use the in- store Credit Program.  "If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."--William Hazlitt

MUSIC: There is a section of biographies of musicians   "Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul."--unknown

COMICS: We have comics in plastic wrappers; Mad Magazines; etc in one area; and below a section of Ephemera-various paper products that people collect and old Life magazines.

THE MORE THAN GENTLY USED BOOKCASE: Just before you head out the door there is a big bookcase with "more than gently used books" on it, as well as magazines, that are all free.  It is a great way to find new authors or an old cookbook, etc., and to recycle. Thanks to all our customers for helping to contribute to this growing assortment of reading material. We also carry the Friday A.M., Tidbits of the Shuswap, The Scoop, Rivertalk from Enderby,  Saddle Up,   BC Bookworld,; and local tourist information on this bookcase.

WAR & HISTORY: From the Civil War through to the end of 1990's; general history of England, Scotland, USA and Canada, with some odds and ends thrown in. "Books are the building blocks of civilization and a people without books are a people without history, no story older than the tales of the oldest man or woman."--Louis L'Amour

CHRISTIAN NON-FICTION AND FICTION:  Christian content of non-fiction material on top shelf, alphabetical by author. Below we carry  Christian  Romance and thrillers fiction books: T. Davis Bunn; Linda Chaikin; Margaret Daley; Richard Paul Evans; B.J. Hoff; Beverely Lewis; Gail Gaymer Martin/Cynthia Rutledge; Felicia Mason; Lynn & Gilbert Morris; Janette Oke; Marta Perry; Tracie Peterson/Judith Miller; Michael Phillips/Judith Pella; Lorraine Snelling; Bodie Thoene; and Janet Tronstad; and Lahaye/Jenkin; Francine Rivers., etc.

SPIRITUAL SECTION: Buddha, First Nations, Wayne Dyer; Sylvia Brown, etc can be found in this area in the back corner. We also have Yoga books in this section but they go fast.

SELF HELP/HEALTH: Can be found below the Business/Finance section--from relationships, to death, to health into diet/cookbooks. "I went into a bookstore and asked the saleswoman 'where's the self-help section?' and she said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."--George Carlin

COOKBOOKS: Found under the Health section and books cover cooking with butter to low fat cooking; gluten free-to vegetarian/vegan/raw food; to how to preserve food.

ART  BOOKS: From how to draw through to colored plate books of well known classic artists to contemporary. " Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."-Pablo Picasso


"Books can be possessive, can't they? You're walking around  bookstore and a certain one will jump out at you, like it had moved there on it's own just to get your attention. Sometimes what's inside will change your life..."-Sarah Allen
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