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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 →

Book Review :: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I jumped on the book-to-movie bandwagon again and picked up a copy of Ender’s Game last month. It originated as the short story published in August 1977, which Card expanded to a book and published in 1985, receiving both the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I finished Divergent several months ago, and Insurgent picks up right where it left off, so it took me a little while to get back in the groove. One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice… Continue Reading →

Attack of the Knitting Mojo

Since the summer, I seem to have been (re)bitten by the knitting bug. Here is an account of my progress. After knitting most of the year on and off on this cowl with lovely silk yarn that Chelle gave me,… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Caught by Lisa Moore

Following up on her acclaimed novel, February, Lisa Moore penned Caught which was published earlier this year. It’s already garnered award attention on long- and short-lists. I saw in several places that Caught was being marketed as a crime thriller,… 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 →

Toasty Footsies: FO Report

In the last couple months, I have knit two more pairs of the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs that my dad adores. Only this time, they weren’t for my dad (which he was disappointed about). The first pair was knit as… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Stay by Aislinn Hunter

Local author Aislinn Hunter will soon be publishing a new novel, and her debut novel, Stay, has been adapted into a film (TIFF, 2013). Stay follows the story of a young Canadian woman living in Ireland with an older man…. Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I picked up a (hard)copy of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan at one of my favourite local bookstores, Pulpfiction Books. I’ve been eying the book for a while—I even had a discussion with a staff member at Armchair… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When I heard about The Maze Runner being adapted for the silver screen, I wanted to read the book. I didn’t realize I’d already heard about the book from a friend who was excited to read the prequel, The Kill… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill is already being adapted for the big screen, starring Daniel Radcliffe (the photo is worth seeing!). I am vain about keeping on top of reading trends—although it’s probably impossible—and I wanted to read this before the… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

The opening chapters had a fantastic set-up: the robot uprising has been defeated (barely), here is what happened. Then, back to the beginning to find out what happened and why. Each subsequent chapter built on the suspense and urgency of… 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 →

FictionKNITstas — The Story Behind the Finished Object

I’ve been participating in FictionKNITstas, the 2013 edition of Fictionistas. The project is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers who bring female authors together for meaningful book events, and the 2013 edition threw knitting into the mix. As I already… Continue Reading →

Driving the BC Book Prizes On Tour’s Vancouver Island leg

On Sunday I got back from a week on the road up and down Vancouver Island with two authors shortlisted for The BC Book Prizes—Anne Fleming, author of a book of short stories entitled Gay Dwarves of America, and Alan… Continue Reading →

Book Reviews of Books about Publishing

I am doing my degree with a minor in Publishing, so I had the chance to read some publishing-related texts this past semester. Here are my (rough) thoughts and musings. On the Subject of Literary Criticism: Considering the topic of… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

I enjoyed The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan so much that I’m kicking myself for not reading her first novel when it came out in 2009. The Day The Falls Stood Still was getting hype in 2010 from various… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Victoria (BC, Canada) author Esi Edugyan was already getting all kinds of award nods for her second novel, Half-Blood Blues, when I finally picked it up. It locally won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes, and… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Malarky by Anakana Schofield

What really increased my experience while reading Malarky was getting to interview Anakana Schofield for an article I wrote for The Peak. A lot of the interview didn’t make it into the article, but having Anakana articulate her interests around… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

Many great authors got their start writing serialized fiction for the newspaper, notably Charles Dickens for The Pickwick Papers. The difficulty with serial fiction is that the author has to keep the attention of readers so they will return for… Continue Reading →

Multiple Months of Mailbox Mondays

You already know I have a problem. My TBR Pile would crush me to death if it fell over. And it seems that 2013 isn’t helping the pile… Armchair Books in Whistler: Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first book in a new dystopian series. You’re probably thinking that this concept has already been done to death, but Roth’s approach and premise is really entertaining. The second title, Insurgent, is already out… 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 →

Book Review :: Bedtime Story by Robert J. Wiersema

I’ve been meaning to read Bedtime Story since hearing the author, Robert J. Wiersema, at The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival in 2010 with Kathleen Winter and Emma Donoghue. Bedtime Story, tells two tales concurrently: the first of a… Continue Reading →

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