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Book Review :: Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little

Vancouver is famous for our temperate rainforest climate, the beautiful mountains and ocean, as well as being called one of the “most liveable cities” in the world. However, the city also has unaffordable housing costs for many residents, is called… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

When the fifth book in Alan Bradley’s Buckshaw Chronicles, Speaking from Among the Bones, ended with a series cliffhanger I was in tatters. The book’s story arch had been resolved and then Bradley threw a curve ball at the de… 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 :: 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 →

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 →

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 :: 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 →

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 →

BC Book Prizes announce 2012 finalists

Today marks two annual occasions: International Women’s Day and the finalist announcement for the BC Book Prizes. I worked for three years with the company that produces the BC Book Prizes, so I have a soft spot in my heart… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Next Sure Thing by Richard Wagamese

The Next Sure Thing is published by Orca Books, a local BC publisher with a lot of unique lines of books. A couple years ago I read First Time by Meg Tilly which was from the Orca Soundings imprint. The… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me is a graphic novel by Vancouver author and artist, Sarah Leavitt. As the subtitle indicates, it’s the powerful and emotional (true) story of Midge Leavitt’s battle with Alzheimer’s and the effect… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Off the Highway by Mette Bach

Off the Highway: Growing Up In North Delta is a memoir by local author Mette Bach and installment 18 in the Transmontanus Series published by New Star Books. The Transmontanus series, edited by Terry Glavin, are “short illustrated books about… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Runaway by Evelyn Lau

I finished Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid by Evelyn Lau at least a month ago. I’ve had a bit of blogger-block and had difficulties pinpointing my feelings about this book. It’s very strange to read a non-fiction/memoir that takes… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Unless by Carol Shields

I’m not sure if it was the melancholy tone, the lack of plot, or the fact that the main character is a writer writing about writing… but I had a lot of trouble getting into the book. Fortunately, I persevered… Continue Reading →

Incite @ VPL — An exploration of books and ideas

Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas is a new reading series curated by the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival and hosted by the Vancouver Public Library. It takes place every second Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in the downstairs rooms at… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn

As soon as I read the back cover copy for Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn, I knew I wanted to read it. The themes and character setting sounded a bit like Lullabies for Little Criminals, which I really enjoyed. In… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon

I’ve been meaning to read The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon since it came out last year. The Golden Mean got tons of great reviews, nominated for the 2009 CanLit triple crown (the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: February by Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore’s second novel, February, got some good reviews when it first came out including The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. In February 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Underground by June Hutton

Underground by June Hutton covers the adulthood of Albert Fraser, a young man from BC. As Al grows and changes, the book follows his story, thoughts, and confusion in life. Sometimes I felt like the book lacked direction, but it… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison by Cathleen With

Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison is a moving story about a 15-year-old girl who is locked in a prison with her premature baby (named Faith). Narrated by Trista in a stream-of-consciousness style, she tells her past through memories… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Gemma by Meg Tilly

I’ve been sitting on this review for a few days because it is a very hard book to read, let alone talk about. Meg Tilly tells the story of Gemma, a twelve-year-old girl who is being raped by her mother’s… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: 8 x 10 by Michael Turner

8 x 10 has been recently shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. I think it is best to start with the publisher’s description, because if I had been handed this book without recommendation or any idea… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Generation X by Douglas Coupland

Honestly, I don’t get what the big deal is about Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. Although I found the writing witty I didn’t really get the point. Besides “understanding” the generation and telling these 20-somethings’ story, what was… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Inferno by Robin Stevenson

Dante thinks high school is an earthly version of hell. She hates her new home in the suburbs, her best friend has moved away, her homeroom teacher mocks her and her mother is making her attend a social skills group… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy will be defended by Samantha Nutt during Canada Reads 2010. I finished this book several weeks ago but wanted to wait until after I met with our book club to discuss it. I missed… Continue Reading →

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