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Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (book review)

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 Edugyan was also shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for both the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and 2011 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize—just to name a few. Edugyan taps into an unexplored sliver of history: Jazz during the Nazi rule in Germany. The book has a dual Continue Reading »

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Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence (book review)

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 European settlers to the area. Entertaining, witty, and revealing, Grant is able to reflect on his own personal experiences as well as his reaction to others’. Part memoir, part autobiography, and part storytelling, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories mixes the Lawrence family’s story with stories of the area, showing that you Continue Reading »

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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 for the awards. But honestly, it is much more than that: I am passionate about reading local authors, supporting our local bookstores and writers, and spreading the joy of reading. I am thrilled that the nominee list includes Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie, and Frances Greenslade’s Shelter (whom I heard read at Incite). Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce is also nominated, Continue Reading »

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Tangles by Sarah Leavitt (graphic novel review)

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 on their family — specifically Sarah herself. Tangles is a memoir of Sarah’s experience and I think it is an important story to tell; while Alzheimer’s is undoubtedly difficult for the person living with the disease, it is equally hard on their family. Tangles was a finalist for the 2010 Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-fiction Prize (the first graphic narrative Continue Reading »

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April: A Month of Books, Busyness and Blossoms

Henry sunbathing beside Chico

April is the crazy month at work, hence the silence on the blog. But, fear not, I have a huge update and lots of good things to share. So grab a cuppa something nice and sit back. First, let’s get the obligatory Henry photo out of the way. Here he is sunbathing in the Spring sunshine at the end of March. Such a cutie! Chico’s cage is in the background and I have since moved it to the other side of the room so he doesn’t get the morning and afternoon sun as directly. Next up to the plate is Continue Reading »

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The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (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 for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), was a banned book (that’s when you know you’ve made it) and was even recently nominated for a Bad Sex in Fiction award. I finally got around to it in December, and while it was enjoyable, it was very dense. I found I couldn’t read more than a scene or two Continue Reading »

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Around the World Wide Web

My photo is famous on VancityBuzz

The photo I took last weekend of Science World as a pumpkin got picked up by a local blog called Vancity Buzz. Check it out, my photo is famous: And, I was browsing through a list of book covers from Huffington Post, and saw a cover that looked so familiar. I immediately knew it was the same photo (probably stock photography) from Trauma Farm which won a BC Book Prize. I really like reading the “Similar Covers” posts at the blog She Reads and Reads. So I email Avis about my discovery. Check out the Similar Covers — Red Barn Continue Reading »

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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 Canuckland (aka Canada), the three big literary prizes are: The Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Awards, and The Rogers’ Writer’s Trust Award. Both the GG’s and the Writer’s Trust awards have multiple categories (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.), while the Giller’s are specifically for fiction. Here’s some more Canadian book award news: The Giller’s announced their shortlist on October 5, Continue Reading »

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