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Book Review :: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

This is not a crime novel. This is a very literary novel exploring what happens after a young girl disappears, and is never found. What happens to the town over time as this incident becomes part of their collective history.

Badass HERStory :: Vancouver Chapter

I am the Vancouver ambassador for the Badass HERStory project. Badass HERStory is a craftivism project meant to empower individuals, build community, and reshape narrative. It intends to honor the stories and voices of all women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans.

Book Review :: A Fist Around the Heart by Heather Chisvin

Two sisters are forever impacted by the events of their childhood in Russia. The story of Anna Grieve and her fragile older sister, Esther, begins in Russia in the 1880s. The vicious persecution of Jews has come to such a… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline focuses on the characters at the heart of her story; the narrative drives home the loss of culture, abuse, and murder they have faced as a minority population.

Book Review :: Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

I kept having to put the book aside as I was getting visibly anxious for Dr. Edith Vane. Everything just kept getting worse and worse.

Book Review :: Demon (vol. 1-4) by Jason Shiga

From the curious (and debauched) mind of Jason Shiga, known for high-concept graphic novels, comes Demon: a four-volume magnum opus about the unspeakable chaos that one indestructible man can unleash on the world—and the ridiculous body count he leaves behind…. Continue Reading →

Participating in Dewey’s 10th Readathon | with updates

I remember the first readathon, and loving Dewey’s blog. It’s crazy to think that her little idea is now 10 years old, and she’s been gone for so long. What a legacy! I loved being part of that book blogging… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: An Extraordinary Destiny by Shekhar Paleja

I wanted to read An Extraordinary Destiny after hearing Shekhar Paleja read in May at a Read Local BC event. I guess Paleja’s theatre background shone through, as he did accents and voices for different characters, and delivered the subtle… Continue Reading →

Back into Blogging with the Canadian Book Challenge

I first participated in the Canadian Book Challenge “back in the day” as they say. It was 2008/09 for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge to be exact. Yes, my blog is that old. The Canadian Book Challenge event is now in… Continue Reading →

Initial Thoughts on Growing Room’s “Literary Gatekeepers & Accountability” Panel

Usually I like to take a lot of time to process my thoughts after panels and workshops. However, with all these thoughts running around my head, I wanted to at least record some of the initial discussion that took place… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

I don’t recall how I initially heard about His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet, but it was probably when the Man Booker longlist was released in July. EarlyWord, a librarian book… Continue Reading →

Spice Box Overhaul: Use Mason Canning Jars to Organize Spices

When I first moved out on my own, I only had a few spices, and would buy new ones as needed. My initial solution was perfect went I only had about a dozen and wanted to keep them fresh in… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing read like a series of interconnected short stories, vignettes into the lives and struggles of these people. It was powerful, striking, and made me crave so much more.

Vegetarian Pan Stuffing

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d share one of the recipes that has been a hit with our family. Being a vegetarian, I kinda throw things for a loop, so I found this amazing vegan stuffing that’s… Continue Reading →

Vegetarian vs. Chicken: Flexitarian Enchiladas

When I was little, my dad had a health scare and needed to eat more low-fat and low-cholesterol food. He also went on big cooking/baking sprees when I was a kid, leaving the kitchen a disaster zone, much to my… Continue Reading →

Affirmative Art Journaling with Magpie’s Nest

A local community group, Magpie’s Nest Community Art Space, saw my display at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire back in June. They got in touch interested in using the #YASVB project as inspiration to create another series of events. Thus, the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman grabbed me with its name and cover design before I even knew what it was about. Yes, I’m that much of a book nerd. But, as I began to read the synopsis about a… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Fireman by Joe Hill

After having read and enjoyed Horns, when I heard about the latest book by Joe Hill, The Fireman, I immediately put a hold on it at my library. I was lucky enough to be one of the first patrons to… Continue Reading →

Poached Salmon Pâté with Dill :: Recipe

My boyfriend’s brother really loves to cook, but the only person in his family who likes salmon is their mom. As she doesn’t live here yet, I got to be the taste tester and sous chef when PO decided to… Continue Reading →

Garlicky Seafood Stew with Crusty Bread

I honestly can’t recall why I initially wanted to make this recipe, but I am so glad I did. Maybe it was inspired by a menu, or a discussion of what we wanted to eat (garlicy seafood). So no entertaining… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Yarn Wranglers and #YASVB at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2016

I’ll be attending the annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 11-12, 2016 at the PNE Forum. 3D Printer Village at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 I’ve attended the event a few times and there are always some really neat… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The first in a YA high fantasy series, Throne of Glass is the story of Adarlan’s Assassin, who has been captured and put to work in a slave camp. Where most die within weeks, Celaena has survived an entire year…. Continue Reading →

You Are So Very Beautiful – Vancouver Edition Wrap-up

The Vancouver Edition of the You Are So Very Beautiful Project took place on Sunday, February 7, and it went fantastically. It was a small gathering, but I know that the few people who joined me were really receptive. I… Continue Reading →

“You Are So Very Beautiful” Project—Vancouver Edition

Update: I have made a Facebook event for the Vancouver Edition art drop. I recently read about the You Are So Very Beautiful Project, having admired and followed Betsy Greer‘s craftivism work for many years. For those unfamiliar with the… Continue Reading →

Cranberry Orange Muffins with Oats & Applesauce :: Recipe

I had leftover applesauce from Hanukkah, and it (unfortunately) wasn’t the nice homemade stuff. It was basic, store-bought, unsweetened applesauce. And because I prefer savoury latkes with sourcream and chives, there was most of a jar left over. I decided… Continue Reading →

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