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Bedtime Story by Robert J. Wiersema (book review)

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 →

Celebrating Love in Literature with 49th Shelf

In celebration of Hallmark Day Valentine’s Day, 49th Shelf is crowd-sourcing a list of Books that Feel The Love. They write, “we are highlighting a list of books that celebrate love in whichever way you define it—hot, passionate, blinding love;… Continue Reading →

Grayling Cross by Gayleen Froese (book review)

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 →

Far to Go by Alison Pick (book review)

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 →

PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist by Ashley Little (book review)

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 →

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark: A Novel by Christopher Meades (book review)

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 →

I ♡ Canadian Books

One of the things you may notice on my blog is that I read a lot of Canadian fiction. I am by no means an authority in the area, but I try to keep informed about local authors and Canadian… Continue Reading →

Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway (book review)

I read Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway last semester for an English course focusing on First Nations fiction. I also wrote my term paper for the course on the novel, exploring how redemptive arts expression can be… Continue Reading →

Kynship by Daniel Heath Justice (book review)

Kynship is the first book in The Way of Thorn and Thunder series by Daniel Heath Justice, published by Kegedonce Press, an Aboriginal owned and operated publisher. The Everland has been home of the forest-dwelling Kyn and the other Eld-Folk… Continue Reading →

The Next Sure Thing by Richard Wagamese (book review)

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 →

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… Continue Reading →

Runaway by Evelyn Lau (book review)

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 →

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (book review)

Alan Bradley wove another enjoyable and intriguing tale starring Flavia de Luce, the darker, British version of Harriet the Spy. I had already fallen hard for Flavia when reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed… 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 →

The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie (book review)

I first learned about Michael Christie’s book, The Beggar’s Garden, at the inaugural Incite reading series programmed by the Vancouver Writer’s Festival and hosted by the Vancouver Public Library. Michael read an excerpt from the first short story in his… 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 →

Essex County by Jeff Lemire (book review)

I was shocked as most people to find out that Essex County by Jeff Lemire, a graphic novel, made the Canada Reads list this year. Canada Reads has strict criteria — no short stories, no poetry, fiction only. I was… Continue Reading →

Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards (book review)

I was having difficulty putting my thoughts and feelings into words when it comes to Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards. It’s a darkly depressing book but weaves a tale that really makes you feel compassionate towards the… Continue Reading →

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (book review)

I will admit I was a bit apprehensive about this book initially because I am not well-versed in politics — nor do I want to be. However, Terry Fallis managed to make the political observations, proceedings, and commentary manageable enough… Continue Reading →

The Vegetarian Collection by Canadian Living (cookbook review)

The thing that makes this cookbook, Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection, so accessible for non-vegetarians, is that (I believe) these are all recipes originally published in Canadian Living magazine, which is not a strictly vegetarian audience. I am no master… Continue Reading →

The Birth House by Ami McKay (book review)

I absolutely fell in love with The Birth House and couldn’t put the book down. I pretty much read it in just two sittings. Dora is a fantastic character with honest opinions, flaws, and wisdom beyond her years. The Birth… Continue Reading →

Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn (book review)

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 →

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (book review)

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 →

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill (book review)

I’ve been hearing about Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill for a few years now in the Canadian Lit scene as it was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and won the 2007 Canada Reads. When it popped… Continue Reading →

VIFF: In the Wake of the Flood

Yesterday, Friday evening I went to see a screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival (aka VIFF or “Film Fest”) called In the Wake of the Flood. The film is about Atwood’s latest book tour for The Year of the… Continue Reading →

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