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Book Review :: Nicolai’s Daughters by Stella Harvey

I read Stella Leventoyannis Harvey’s first novel, Nicolai’s Daughters, as part of the FictionKNITstas project. Even before I picked up the book, I was concerned about what would happen if I didn’t enjoy it—having to work with the author on… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Grayling Cross by Gayleen Froese

I received an ARC of this book, published earlier this year, and just rediscovered it in my shelf. I was easily absorbed into the world of Anna and Coleen, who have managed to become private investigators within Edmonton’s secret supernatural… Continue Reading →

The Book Review that Never Was: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

This was an assignment for a student-led magazine at my university that was published out of the department’s student union. Unfortunately, this issue (Spring 2012) never saw publication. When I inquired as to the publication date, I was continually told… Continue Reading →

The Article that Never Was: Modernizing Copyright In Canada

This was an assignment for a student-led magazine at my university. It published out of the department’s student union. Unfortunately, this issue (Spring 2012) never saw publication. When I inquired as to the publication date, I was continually told that… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Far to Go by Alison Pick

Far to Go by Alison Pick absorbed me fully—smoothly pulling me further and further into its midst. I didn’t want to stop reading and I absorbed the book in less than a week (quite the feat as it was during… Continue Reading →

Proud to be a FictionKNITsta

Earlier this autumn I heard about the FICTIONista project which is a collaborative of independent Canadian publishers to bring together female authors for meaningful book events. With the recently launched CWILA (Canadian Women in Literary Arts) drawing more and more… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Monoceros by Suzette Mayr

Monoceros by Suzette Mayr is an emotional novel of incredible relevance, especially to families, schools, and adults trying to navigate the waters of today’s youth. A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows is the fourth title in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series (aka The Game of Thrones). It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the… Continue Reading →

VIFF 2012: No Job for a Woman & A Liar’s Autobiography

I’ve been remiss posting on the blog. Partly because I’ve been busy and uninspired, but also because I’ve also been writing for my university’s student newspaper, The Peak. The Vancouver International Film Festival celebrated their 31st annual event from September… Continue Reading →

Bite the Bullet and Block It

A couple weeks ago at knitting meetup (gosh, has it been that long?) Jenn chastized me for not fixing the dropped stitch in my Multnomah and blocking it, despite having cast off the sucker more than a month earlier. She… Continue Reading →

This is Halloween, everyone scream

Happy Halloween everybody! This is my favourite holiday… so I go all out. This year I dyed my hair red to complete my Sally costume. My BF even suggested he go as Jack—no coercion required! To make Sally’s dress, I… Continue Reading →

Project Bookmark comes to Vancouver & a tribute dinner to Wayson Choy

Last week I had the honour of volunteering for a tribute dinner to Wayson Choy. The evening was lovely, many childhood friends of Wayson aka “Sonny” spoke, as did individuals from the literary community. The tribute was also a fundraiser… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist by Ashley Little

I’m not sure what initially drew me to this short novel (probably the tattoos), but I remember my friend/colleague (and author) Cathleen With was reading at the book launch last autumn at The FALL Tattoo & Piercing (side note: I’ve… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The cover art of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel caught my eye at the library and the back cover copy intrigued me: He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence

Grant Lawrence recounts his childhood memories and family’s history at their Cabin in Desolation Sound. Mixed in are historical accounts from Captain George Vancouver, who gave the area its name, and tales of adventure and tragedy of the pioneers and… 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 →

Cushion Conundrum

A couple years ago now, I sewed some pillow covers for the cushions that came with my couch. They’re two 16″-square pillows and have served me very well (although one is getting lumpy). Unfortunately they’re lonely. As is my chaise… Continue Reading →

Happy 5th annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) occurs every September and the week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. I really enjoy reading all the book blogger interviews and responses to… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark: A Novel by Christopher Meades

I received this book from work shortly after it was published in 2010, and I can’t believe I waited until this summer to read it. Christopher Meades weaves a unique and interesting tale with Henrik Nordmark and his quest to… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind

Although Terry Goodkind said he wouldn’t be writing any more Sword of Truth books, he sort of slipped up with The Law of Nines. I’m guessing that book received a lukewarm review and thus The Omen Machine: A Richard and… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Virtual Self by Nora Young

As an editor and a student of Communications, I was intrigued by the hype around Nora Young’s new book. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to continue reading The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around… Continue Reading →

Books from the SFU Women’s Centre—part of the Rotunda Libraries

I borrowed three books last semester from the Women’s Centre at SFU Burnaby: Body Drama, The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life, and Desire in Seven Voices. I don’t feel the need to do full review posts for them, so I’ll… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is one of my favourite humourists for his satirical wit, wry tone, and intelligent material. When I first read A Dirty Job about death and soul-collecting in San Francisco, I laughed myself to tears. Since then (2008) I… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Discovery of Jeanne Baret by Glynis Ridley

I don’t often read non-fiction, but every so often a gem of narrative non-fiction comes along that sparks my interest. The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe… Continue Reading →

The Yarn Harlot Visits Vancouver

I managed to secure a ticket to a public lecture by The Yarn Harlot (aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) presented by KnitSocial. Wednesday night, after a particularly stress-induced day, with some much-needed frozen yogurt, I met up with some friends at the… Continue Reading →

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