April 9 is now “BC Book Day”

Today is the inaugural BC Book Day, celebrating the achievements and significance of BC’s book publishing industry.

As explained in the press release from the Association of Book Publishers of BC, “On April 9th the BC Legislature will celebrate the achievements of BC’s publishing industry with a proclamation and an exhibition of BC-published books at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.”

In its inaugural year, BC Book Day is an opportunity for government representatives (Members of the Legislative Assembly and staff) to “meet the province’s publishers, authors, writers’ festivals directors, librarians and booksellers”.

Some interesting facts about the BC publishing industry

  • BC publishers estimate that 80% of their titles are authored by residents of the province
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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (book review)

Hollow City by Ransom RiggsI’ve been dragging my heels on this review because I feel conflicted. I was excited about the sequel, even though I have qualms about the over-abundance of series, and I was thrilled when the publisher sent me a copy for review. However, something in this book just didn’t hook me in the same ways as the first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Hollow City was published January 14, 2014.

The second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
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The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (book review)

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan BradleyWhen the fifth book in Alan Bradley’s Buckshaw Chronicles, Speaking from Among the Bones, ended with a series cliffhanger I was in tatters. The book’s story arch had been resolved and then Bradley threw a curve ball at the de Luce family.

Bishop’s Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process, she comes closer than ever to solving her life’s greatest mystery–her mother’s disappearance. . .
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Itching to Read… Spring 2014 Releases

I went to a nearby bookstore (which unfortunately is not an independent) to pick up two books that came out last week. I’ve been anticipating them since before Christmas—The Dead in our Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

I was incredibly disappointed that they had none in stock. This was at a large Chapters/Indigo store and the computers said they were listed as “Bestsellers” but didn’t have them available. A clerk looked up the Bradley title and said that there were 56 on order and to try calling back next week. Then he checked another location and the downtown location only had 4 copies, but the Burnaby-Metrotown location had 24.
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FO Report: Keeping Heads and Toes Cosy

Recently I’ve knit a couple hats and an object that looks like a hat but isn’t. So here is a triple FO report!

First, the Toque of Secrecy for Andrew.

Knitted hat - Bus Pattern

Andrew's selfie modeling the hatThe pattern is the Bus Hat, a free pattern by Kylie McDonnell-Wade that I found on Ravelry. I chose it because it was gender-neutral and wasn’t just a plain ribbed hat. It’s knit with Cascade 220 in a dark red, as per Andrew’s request.

I had initially planned it for Christmas, but Andrew kept whingeing about the weather in Toronto during the Fall that I sent it early. He said it fit perfectly and he loved it—as you can tell from this bathroom mirror Selfie he took.
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FO Report: Choose Your Own Adventure Shawl, take 2

The yarn is Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock yarn and it was a gift to me from Ruth (aka scrabblequeen) many moons ago. The colourway is “Chocolate & Caramel” and the skein had a whopping 560 yards.

I can’t believe how long this sat in my stash! Mainly because when Ruth first sent it to me I was scared of tiny yarn and this is a light fingering weight (3 ply). Itty bitty in my book!

Adventure Shawl - colours

But I finally bit the bullet and wanted to try a friend’s pattern: Darcy’s (aka SugarCube Original Designs) Choose Your Own Ending Shawl [Ravelry link]. I like to call it “Choose your own Adventure” because she has designed it to work with heavily variegated yarns in simple garter stitch, stockinette, and yarn over rows.
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore (book review)

Graceling by Kristin CashoreI devoured this book in less than 24 hours during exams and really loved entering the realm of the Seven Kingdoms that author Kristin Cashore has created.

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
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FO Project Report: Lingonberry Shawlette

I knit this in record speed—at least for me. I watched four seasons of Castle and just knitknitknit. I guess the mojo returned in earnest because I have been chugging away at projects. Here is one of my more impressive finished objects (FO): Lingonberry Shawlette

Lingonberry Shawl

The pattern is Lingonberry Shawlette, a free pattern by Andrea Arbour. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, a superwash merino wool in a fingering weight. I bought it in 2010 from The Loopy Ewe online and it’s the first time I’ve used Madelinetosh. The colourway is called Turquoise but it slightly varigated with blue and green tones. My Ravelry project page has more in-progress photos.
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