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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 →

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 →

“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 →

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… Continue Reading →

PULP Literature for the price of a beer—crowdfunding campaign

A friend of mine (Jen) is starting a new anthology magazine—PULP Literature. Their motto is “Good books for the price of a beer!” and intend to publish genre-bending short stories, novellas, serials and graphic novels, and artwork. Pulp Literature Press… Continue Reading →

Donate to Word Vancouver’s Automated Poetry Project—UPDATED!

The team at Word Vancouver (formerly The Word On The Street Vancouver) is fundraising for an innovative new festival event: the Automated Poetry Project. [UPDATED WITH MORE PERKS—SEE BELOW] Word Vancouver will transform ordinary vending machines into poetry dispensers! Poems… Continue Reading →

Talking about lit to flick: Before the Dawn podcast

This past week I was thrilled (and nervous) to be a guest host for Before the Dawn, a podcast for book to screen adaptations, especially YA fiction. The show originated in 2009 as a Twilight podcast created by movie bloggers… Continue Reading →

Are you wearing a Pink Shirt today?

Today is Anti-Bullying Day 2013, celebrated on the last Wednesday in February here in Canada. It is also called “Pink Shirt Day” as a symbol to stand against bullying. Started in 2007, the first event was organized by two young… Continue Reading →

Freedom to Read Week 2013

“There are worse crimes than burning books,” said Russian poet Joseph Brodsky. “One of them is not reading them.” One of the things I’m a huge advocate for is Literacy, with a capital L. And Freedom to Read Week embodies… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Love in Literature with 49th Shelf

In celebration of Hallmark Day Valentine’s Day, 49th Shelf is crowd-sourcing a list of Books that Feel The Love. They write, “we are highlighting a list of books that celebrate love in whichever way you define it—hot, passionate, blinding love;… Continue Reading →

Tidbits from the Canadian Publishing World

As a student of communication/publishing/journalism/media as well as a freelance writer, editor, and designer, I like to keep myself informed about the Canadian publishing industry. However, sometimes I feel like I’m treading rapidly just to stay afloat in all the… Continue Reading →

Bits and Bobs about Books

Well-known author Ann Pachett has decided to open a bookstore, and offered to sign copies of her book purchased through the new website. Interesting case study or tidbit. Although I quit Twitter, this is an interesting concept: BookRx, an online… Continue Reading →

Shop Local this Holiday Season: Vancouver Craft Fairs 2012

This week is Buy Local Week in Vancouver, but there is no reason why we can’t buy local whenever possible. Hello Vancity has a great graphic on why buying locally helps communities. As a crafter, I like supporting other local… Continue Reading →

Autumn Book Award Season is Upon Us

Just a quick Newsy Bits post for those interested in Canadian publishing. I love watching the awards unfold and seeing the difference even a longlist nomination can make for an author and the publisher. Rogers Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction… Continue Reading →

Happy Canada Day

As you may know, I am Canadian. And while Canada is not without its problems and issues (as is every country), I am still very proud to be a Canadian. Today, July 1st, is Canada Day and the country is… Continue Reading →

Festival season kicks off: Looking forward to…

In the next two weeks there is an extraordinary number of community events taking place. Guess that means summer festival season is underway. Now if the weather can just get with the program, that’d be great. Thanks. Anyway, here are… Continue Reading →

April is …

Around the world, many people celebrate National Poetry Month in April. The American Society of Poets has a great list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. The League of Canadian Poets celebrations Canada-wide with events, readings, discussions, and… Continue Reading →

I ♡ Canadian Books

One of the things you may notice on my blog is that I read a lot of Canadian fiction. I am by no means an authority in the area, but I try to keep informed about local authors and Canadian… Continue Reading →

Still Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Give a book! If you need some great (newish, Canadian) recommendations, check out the Advent Book Blog. The Advent Book Blog is now in its third year and this is my second year participating (if I recall correctly). This year… Continue Reading →

Happy 4th Annual BBAW!

“BBAW” stands for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and 2011 marks the fourth anniversary of the event. Concocted up by Amy of My Friend Amy, I’ve been helping with the BBAW website and graphic design stuff for the past three years…. Continue Reading →

Vancouver Tour: My favourite downtown neighbourhood

As I mentioned, I’m returning to school in September. For the past three years, I’ve been working in downtown Vancouver. Thinking about this big change has made me realize a few things, one is how much I love Gastown. The… Continue Reading →

Housekeeping… err Blogkeeping?

Updates on a variety of fronts! Books: I’ve finished Voyager by Diana Gabaldon and need to write up a review. Before that I read a few graphic novels that I need to post reviews for. Now I’m into the second… Continue Reading →

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Day to day, as I browse the web, I find awesome things I like to share. Sometimes I share them via Facebook or Twitter, and other times, they deserve a round-up post. Here are a couple great things I’d like… Continue Reading →

Why I will be at SlutWalk Vancouver today

The very first SlutWalk happened in April of this year in Toronto, but it has since taken local, national and even international media by storm. SlutWalks are popping up all over major cities in Canada, USA and across Europe in… Continue Reading →

Going “All Natural”: Avoiding Chemicals in Bodycare Products

There has been a huge consumerism shift towards local, organic, and all-natural products, and I am not immune. I’ve mentioned offhand the dietary issues I’ve been having, and so I am looking to cut out extremely processed foods in my… Continue Reading →

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