Everything Shuswap now available for sale – ONLINE purchases


The Shuswap has all the attributes to attract someone who enjoys four seasons – nature, clean water, recreation, and culture and reasonably close access to larger cities. There is an amazing diversity of plant and animal life here and thankfully due to the small population, a minimum of pavement, crowds and pollution.  Yet until now, there has been little written about the region. 

Author Jim Cooperman, a dedicated environmentalist and back-to-the-lander, spent 12 years researching and writing this comprehensive, bioregional guidebook that includes 36 maps and over 350 stunning photos. Tour through the watershed and explore the lakes region and each of the 12 sub-drainages. Learn about the region’s ancient geology and its mostly unsuccessful mining ventures.  Discover why the Shuswap is so ecologically diverse and why mountain caribou are endangered and how the sockeye salmon may be next. 

Learn about the Secwepemc people, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and understand why, after nearly two centuries of exploitation and mistreatment, they are regaining their heritage. Understand the factors behind the pattern of European settlement and discover details about the sternwheeler era. 

Everything Shuswap is more than a book; it is also an educational project. Proceeds from book sales will be used to support outdoor learning; the book will be used in the grade 10 social studies curriculum; and, there is a plan to involve students in the research for the next two volumes. Given that Dr. David Suzuki wrote after receiving a copy, “Every part of the country should have something like Everything Shuswap,” the book can also serve as a template for other communities.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN (and they’re really great)

“Everything Shuswap stands alone as a compelling portrait of land, waters, wildlife and human history in one of B.C.’s lesser-known regions. Proceeds from sales of the books will go to support outdoor education projects in local schools, yet another reason for readers to seek out and purchase this beautifully produced and useful resource.”
– Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun

….a compelling portrait of land, waters, wildlife and human history
– Vancouver Sun

….makes a convincing case for better understanding and appreciating one of this province’s best kept secrets
– BC Bookworld

…colourful and accessible and reveals the Shuswap has much of what Tyee readers adore: clean lakes, green forests, farmers markets and folk music
– The Tyee

….should be mandatory reading for anyone who lives in or visits the Shuswap
– Mark Hume

“It’s often said that British Columbia is remarkable for its geographic diversity; with a Foreword by Alan Haig-Brown, Everything Shuswap makes a convincing case for better understanding and appreciating one of this province’s best kept secrets. Set your compass — or GPS — for the Shuswap.”
– Mark Forsythe, BC Bookworld

“It is one thing to travel through a landscape, quite another to be part of it. Anyone can look?out the car window and enjoy the view while driving through the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, but to really be in that landscape you have to understand its human and natural history. That’s the journey Jim Cooperman seeks to take you on in this deeply researched and keenly observed book. Everything Shuswap explores the region’s rich eco-types and its interwoven historical record. It’s a textbook for understanding one of the most beautiful and least understood landscapes and it should be mandatory reading for anyone who lives in or visits the Shuswap.”
– Mark Hume, author of Adam’s River and other books

“Everything Shuswap is just that: uncluttered writing about the 1.55 million hectare greater Shuswap watershed, showcased by 36 maps, 350+ photos, the histories of indigenous Secwepemc nations and settlers, and a watershed tour bringing all, including the geology and ecology of the Shuswap, into clear focus.”
– Maggie Paquet, Watershed Sentinel

“In fact, “everything” is in the title of the book, and environmentalist and writer Cooperman isn’t kidding as he takes a big-picture approach — the bioregionalism — to investigate a part of the province too often overlooked. The result is 240 pages of current and archival photos, maps, tables, excerpts from historical documents, and past and present columns. It’s colourful and accessible and reveals the Shuswap has much of what Tyee readers adore: clean lakes, green forests, farmers markets and folk music.”
– Barry Link, Editor, The Tyee

“This is a beautiful book to look at, richly illustrated with maps, photos and historical artwork. It roughly covers ecology, geography, its Secwepemc people and the history of discovery and settlement by Europeans. It’s an easy book to put on a bedside table or end table in the living room to pick up, open a page and learn. It’s part picture-book and encyclopedia.”
– Cam Fortems, Kamloops This Week

“Travel through the beautiful landscape of the Shuswap region, understand its human and natural history, learn about the ecosystems and interwoven history with this well researched, soft cover textbook.”
– The Wilderness Committee

Everything Shuswap by Jim Cooperman is now available for sale at select retailers or online online by PayPal.


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TRU Bookstore

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Price includes $15 shipping and handling and GST. Canadian orders only. Click on the buy now to go to the PayPal site for purchase.


To order copies of the book without shipping (pick up only), please e-mail louise@playfortpublishing.ca or call 250 833 5554. Include number of copies, name and phone number so that we can arrange for payment and pick up. Thanks.


To re-order, call 250 833 5554 or e-mail louise@playfortpublishing.ca

Available in boxes of 15.

Everything Shuswap by Jim Cooperman
Forword by Alan Haig-Brown


What is Everything Shuswap?

The 250 page book includes

• Stunning photos by some of the Shuswap’s most outstanding photographers

Graphs, statistics and charts designed specifically to educate readers about the Shuswap

Maps that illustrate key features not seen elsewhere, including  historical maps

Historical black and white photos from local museums

5 Chapters
Watershed Tour
Secwepemc People
History of Settlement

Everything Shuswap – NEWS!

We’re delighted to be partnering with North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 and author Jim Cooperman on Everything Shuswap – a comprehensive work on the beauty, ecology, history, biology and geography of the Shuswap region.

Author Jim Cooperman is gifting the manuscript in order to raise funds for outdoor education.

Help support this important community project here – and thanks!

Welcome to a new kind of publishing

Welcome to Shuswap Press.

Shuswap Press is an imprint of Playfort Publishing in Salmon Arm. We hear from authors all the time. They want their stories published. We want to help. Trick is, how can we do it in a way that is commercially viable for both the author and the publisher. Our answer?  Start small.

So we’ve gone back to the drawing board and borrowed ideas from our predecessors. We’ve gone way back in fact, to the chapbook, the original “start small” book. We’ve also worked with authors who are more, shall we say, voluminous, to edit selections of their works for a first attempt at publication.

Simply told stories from around here, Shuswap Press helps authors dip their toes, as it were – in the uncertain waters of publishing – one story or one selection of stories at a time.

We share the risk. It’s not traditional publishing but it isn’t vanity publishing either. It’s somewhere in between. We’ll copy edit, type set, catalogue and print your book. We’ll  give you a page on our site, right here. We’ll work together to build you a readership. If you want, you can buy at cost plus and sell your own books and keep the proceeds. Or we can do it the traditional way – where we sell and pay you a royalty. It’s a mix and match system that makes that first book a bit easier to get done.

Together, we find a way to build your readership. A way to tell your stories. The stories that need telling.

For more information, please contact us at louise@playfortpublishing.ca or call us at 250 833 5554.