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Bed Wedge Pillow from CSN Stores

I was approached a few months ago by CSN Stores about doing a product review. I had noticed the reviews around the blogosphere and was curious to check out the products. A number of book bloggers had selected book cases… Continue Reading →

Celebrating female characters on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I could easily spend hours listing female authors, friends and family, as well as artists and contributors who shaped the woman I’ve become. But instead, to honour the… 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 →

Raising awareness for abused animals

A recreational tourism company in Whistler, BC is being investigated for animal cruelty. It is so sad and shocking to hear of the mass slaughtering of 100 sled dogs due to a ‘decline in business’ after the Vancouver 2010 Olympics…. Continue Reading →

Seen: Yarn Bombing in Halifax, NS

My sister was in Moncton, NB, this summer for the Explore program. She also did some travelling and spotted this tree in Halifax. She emailed it to me and I’m (finally) posting it. Bonnie wrote in the email, “This was… Continue Reading →

‘Only’ for the Grammar Geeks

I found this neat bit of grammar trivia when I was cleaning up some editing handouts I got during the SFU Writing & Publishing Program. I thought it was neat (because I am a grammar geek) and I think learning… Continue Reading →

It’s the Most Crafty Time of the Year

I haven’t been crafting much (besides the knitting I blogged about) but I have been attending craft fairs and purchasing locally-made goodies. First, there was Circle Craft Christmas Market at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West from November 17-21. I… Continue Reading →

Circle Craft Christmas Market 2010

This year, over 270 artisans are participating in the 37th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market. Meet wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. As well, check out various craft demonstrations taking place in the… Continue Reading →

Green Books Campaign

Today, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, is the second annual Green Books Campaign . Two hundred bloggers from around the world will simultaneously publish book reviews of “green” books. This campaign was started by Eco-Libris, a company supporting eco-conscious publishing, to… 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 →

BookCamp Vancouver 2010

Friday was the second annual BookCamp Vancouver and it was a great day with a diverse crowd and thought-provoking discussions. BookCamp is an unconference where attendees pitch ideas for presentations and discussions. If you’re at a session and decide you’d… Continue Reading →

Vancouver Trash 2 Treasure Fibre Swap

Come out next weekend, Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre from 1:00-3:00 pm and swap all your unwanted/unneeded/unloved fibre goodies! Anything knitting/crochet/spinning related is welcome (books, yarn, spinning fibre, hooks/needles, spindles, etc.). I cannot take credit for the… Continue Reading →

The Word On The Street Vancouver

As some of you may know, I work for a company that produces events. The Word On The Street, Vancouver’s book and magazine festival is one of those events. This week is pretty busy and the office is super messy… Continue Reading →

PURPLE Caps for Newborn Babies

The Period of PURPLE Crying and the BC Children’s Hospital are raising awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome by making hats for newborns. We invite you to join our mission: make a PURPLE newborn baby cap so we can give select… Continue Reading →

Shopping Spree

In the past couple weeks I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of my favourite (and soon to be fave) local shops. I thought I’d share the goodies with you all as there are some fibre-related products(!!!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Near the… Continue Reading →

Day to Day

Things have been pretty busy here the past couple weeks at chez Monnibo. This post is going to be a mish-mash of many things. We went to Spanish Banks on Saturday and met some friends for dinner. When the tide… Continue Reading →

BC Cultural Crawl

We’re already a week into August (can you believe it?!) and despite arts funding cuts, I’m very excited about the 9th Annual BC Cultural Crawl! The best thing about living in the Lower Mainland, is the proximity to other cities…. Continue Reading →

Read this Poem Aloud

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour… Continue Reading →

Announcing Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010

On September 13-17, 2010, book bloggers across the net will be celebrating the third annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week. This is the second year I’ve helped out with the website CMS and design. On Wednesday evening, My Friend Amy and… Continue Reading →

National Poetry Month Blog Tour

I’m honoured and excited to be a part of Serena’s National Poetry Month Blog Tour 2010. Hopefully this will be the first of many successful literary blog tours! I applied to take part to showcase Canada’s (particularly BC and Vancouver’s)… Continue Reading →

Forensics, Art of Craft, and a Button Birthday Bash

Tuesday night I walked to the Vancouver Police Museum, which is a real hidden gem located in the former Coroner’s Courtroom. I had signed up to participate in their first-ever Forensics for Adults Workshops. Tuesday, March 16 was the first… Continue Reading →

Book Awards Galore!

The BC Book Prizes announced the 2010 Finalists on Thursday, March 11. Yes, this is self-promo since I work with the BC Book Prizes, but I really believe in what we do so I don’t care! There are some great… Continue Reading →

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