My brother Paul wrote a beautiful coffee table book called Kootenay Inspired. It's about how people in British Columbia's Kootenay region live life, stay inspired and inspire everyone around them. Full of stories of adventure, perseverance and community building, it's a very special read. The photos are spectacular, but it's the stories of the lives lived that will really wow you. With deep empathy and insight, Paul zeroed in on what made these incredible people tick.
My brother funded this project himself. (He's a hydrologist/scientist who does Shiatsu on the side.) Half the proceeds go to two local charities, the rest he's hoping will cover his costs. This was a passion project. He wrote this book because he cares deeply about his community and also has a nose for a good story. Paul is a fascinating guy himself. A skier and hunter and outdoorsman supreme. True story: he once killed two deer with one arrow. If Paul didn't write this book, he would certainly have been in it.
You can find out more about Kootenay Inspired here. Below are three photos from the book, but there are many more inside its cover, all gorgeous.