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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

I’m in your tree, covering it in yarn

Literally. Today was the day — the official yarnbombing of Joy Kogawa’s cherry tree. I contributed about 100 blossoms and arrived this afternoon to help install the yarn blossoms (and bark!) on the tree. The executive director of the Historic… Continue Reading →

Promote Literacy: Donate your unwanted books

Did you know1 that: Among working age Canadians, 3 million (14.6%) struggle with very serious literacy challenges. They have difficulty with even the most basic written materials. Another 5.8 million (27%) can work with print information but not well. More… Continue Reading →

Next week is Freedom to Read Week 2011

February 20-26 is Freedom to Read Week 2011 — the Canadian version of Banned Books Week. I like Freedom to Read Week’s message: positive, open, and cheerful. Every year I say I’m going to read a challenged/banned book but never… Continue Reading →

Literary Award Season is Upon Us

It’s a very exciting time for book people this time of year. All the major prizes are announcing their long lists, or shortlists, or winners. Lots of great book chatter happening. I’ll sum things up as best I can. In… Continue Reading →

Canada Reads 2011 Recommendations

Canada Reads will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2010/2011 and have decided to change things up a bit. Before, Canada Reads picked five Canadian public figures and had them champion books for a week-long debate in February. The books… Continue Reading →

Canada Reads Indie & Canada Also Reads

Some people have been disappointed with the Canada Reads 2010 list. Reasons include the authors/publishers/books being too well-known already. There are two new grassroots challenges called Canada Reads Independently and Canada Also Reads which aim to shed light on the… Continue Reading →

Freedom to Read Week is February 21-27, 2010

Last year when I posted about Canada’s Freedom to Read Week, I was trying to read The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and/or Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov as part of the challenge. Unfortunately, I haven’t read either book as I… Continue Reading →

Canada Reads 2010

The booklist for Canada Reads 2010 has been announced. You may recall last year I mentioned Canada Reads when I posted my review of The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It was a fantastic book and won Canada Reads… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I was really looking forward to reading Audrey Niffenegger’s latest book, Her Fearful Symmetry, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. I am a huge fan of The Time Traveller’s Wife (my review here) and really enjoy Niffenegger’s… Continue Reading →

In the News: World Book Day

Today is UNESCO’s International Day of the Book (now called World Book and Copyright Day). It is also Canada Book Day, which means we have tons of literary events going on right now to celebrate Canada Book Week. Canada Book… Continue Reading →

BC Book Prize Finalists announced

Congratulations to all the publishers and authors who have been shortlisted for this year’s BC Book Prizes. The lists were announced publicly today, and I’ve had to keep it quiet at work since Friday! I’ve read a few of the… Continue Reading →

Freedom to Read Week


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