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Apocalypse Then, in French Indo-China

Journey Award-winning short story writer and rockabilly guitarist Yasuko Thanh mines family history for a novel of rebellion against French imperialism in 1908.     FULL STORY

Who’s Who

A is for Abel
Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer currently completing his Ph.D at Simon Fraser University, where his studies focus on digital humanities and indigenous poetics. His follow-up to last year’s Un/inhabited will a long poem, Injun (Talonbooks $16.95), to be comprised of ‘found text’ from western novels of the pulp fiction genre published between 1840 and 1950. By gathering all sentences with the word “injun” embedded, retrieved using the ‘Find’ function, Abel seeks to destabilize the colonial concept of the “Indian” as it was allowed to grow in the ‘western’ world of the so-called western world. 978-0-88922-977-8

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Bev Sellars

B is for Bev
Bev Sellars won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness for her book They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (Talonbooks 2013). Forty weeks on the BCBestseller List, it was also shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and received a third prize citation for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. In synch with Aboriginal History Month in June, Bev Sellers will release a follow-up in May to her acclaimed bestseller, a new book that will retell Canada’s history. Based on a presentation Sellars has often delivered to treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers and educators, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (Talonbooks $24.95) will be a wide-ranging and candid effort to “untangle truth from some of the myths about First Nations.” Sellers offers glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices that North America’s aboriginal peoples have contributed to the world. For more than twenty years Sellars served as chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. She currently serves as a member of its Council. 978-0-88922-972-3

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Ken Carty

C is for Carty
Sunny Ways might have been a better title. Just prior to the election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister in 2015, veteran political observer R. Kenneth Carty published an overview of the Liberal Party along with his recommendations for change, Big Tent Politics: The Liberal Party’s Long Mastery of Canada’s Public Life (UBC Press $29.95). With a Ph.D from Queen’s, R.K. Carty or R. Kenneth Carty of UBC has been a member of the Canadian Democracy Audit team at the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mt. Allison University and responsible for co-authoring the project’s summary volume. He has also been a Senior Fellow of Green College, one of UBC’s residential graduate colleges, and Chair of the Publications Board of UBC Press as well a President of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2002. He co-authored Grass Roots Politicians (UBC Press) with Donald Blake and Lynda Erickson, a study of political party activists in B.C. During 2003-04 he was the Director of Research for the British Columbia Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform. In 2013 he received the Mildred A Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association. 978-0-7748-2999-1

D is for Dixon
Jack Dixon’s The Barn (Victoria, Friesen Press, 2015) describes the ordeals and bravery of the Mollens, a family of nine in Arnhem, Holland, after their country was invaded by the German army in May of 1940. It is based on interviews that Dixon conducted with members of the Smollen family. Forced to work for the Nazi Occupation forces because he owned a garage, the father uses his wits to resist as best he can, helplessly watching as Jewish neighbours are brutally arrested. With the onset of the Battle of Arnhem in September of 1944, the entire civilian population is forced to evacuate their homes. After three days of walking, they take refuge in an empty barn for the remaining eight months of the war. During the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-1945, the Mollen family survived on turnips, beets and acorns, but kept their secret radio hooked up to a Gestapo power line.  A true story of perseverance and triumph, Dixon’s novelistic family drama recalls the time the youngest Mollen girl had to have an abscessed tooth extracted without freezing and the time when the two youngest Mollens carried out their daring plan to ‘liberate’ coal from a moving train at night. Emboldened by BBC news, the Mollens ultimately return to the empty shell of their house. 978-1-4602-3970-4

Ellyn Goodwin graphic novelE is for Ellyn
Laura Ellyn, a writer and editor based in Montreal, has published a graphic novel-styled account about the life and death of Vancouver Island’s most well-known labour martyr, Ginger Goodwin: A Worker’s Friend (Between the Lines $23.95). Her graphic history is a vibrant addition to two previous books on Goodwin by Susan Mayse and Roger Stonebanks. Ellyn studied Women’s Studies and Fine Arts at Concordia University. Her work has appeared in Bitch, Briar patch and the Vancouver Review. There’s an entry about Ginger Goodwin on the forthcoming Literary Map of B.C. 978-1-77113-227-5

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Barrie Farrell

F is for Farrell
At thirteen, Barrie Farrell built his first boat (an eight-foot row boat) using nothing more than an old hammer with one claw, a dull handsaw and a rusty block plane. Dozens of speedboats, work boats and fish boats followed. He later became a pioneer of using fibreglass to give fishermen the ability to move through the water more quickly. His memoir Boats in My Blood (Harbour Publishing, $24.95) recalls his upbringing in Pender Harbour, North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island in the 1940s and 1950s, along with a host of memorable characters. As of 2016, hundreds of his vessels are still seaworthy in Canada and the United States for a wide variety of uses. Barrie Farrell was born in North Vancouver in 1934.  He currently lives in Nanaimo and, at the age of 81, is still working on boats. 978-1-55017-755-8

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Norm Gibbons [Alexander Darhan photo]

G is for Gibbons
Norm Gibbons of Cortes Island was born in Vancouver in 1943 and attended UBC and UVic where he gained degrees in English literature, social work and creative writing. Well-travelled, he has lectured in social work and crisis intervention. He has undertaken business ventures such as marina development, housing cooperatives, aquaculture innovation and a plant nursery. Gibbons’ fictional trilogy, Edge of Desolation, covering one hundred years on Desolation Sound from 1919 to 2019, began with Volume One, Voyage of the Arrogant (Salmonberry Arts and Publishing, 2014). It explores “the lasting effects of hubris.” According to publicity materials: “In the spring of 1919, a famous American outlaw – long thought dead – arrives at Seaford, a small fishing village on Cortes Island. Under an alias, Frank Waterman defrauds the community and soon commits a murder. This founding story, a conflation of old island legends, becomes the catalyst for the sin of arrogance to sweep through decades and churn the lives of the island characters. In the tales that follow, treasures are lost and found. The tuna clipper, Arrogant, and crew of four, mysteriously disappear at sea. The sons of the vanished fathers suffer sexual and physical abuse at a catholic boarding school before setting forth on quests to discover their forbears.” Copies were made available on Cortes Island at Marne’s Books and Hollyhock Store; on West Redonda Island at Refuge Cove General Store; and online at Friesen Press or Amazon.ca. Endorsed by Ruth Ozeki and Rex Weyler, Gibbons released Volume II as Sea Without Shores (Friesens 2016), set in Refuge Cove in 1974. A reclusive narrator brings a mystery to light with the help of a “belligerent, but cerebral” dog. 978-0-9949188-0-2

 

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Peter Haase and Mona Fertig

H is for Haase
To outsiders, it might appear that the remarkably productive Mother Tongue Press on Salt Spring Island must be a one-person operation, spearheaded by Mona Fertig, but her husband Peter Haase has been an integral partner from way back when. After learning to play guitar and sing pretty well and, yes, after having bumped into two other musical guys in his hometown who were named George and John, before they became famous, Haase left for Australia at age sixteen with his family in December of 1966 after an exodus of approximately 125,000 from the Everton slums in Liverpool had begun in 1961. Upon reaching Canada in 1971, he lived in Toronto and the Yukon before becoming part of the music scene in Vancouver’s pubs and coffee houses. He met Fertig during the brief but influential era when she initiated and managed her Literary Storefront operation in Gastown. Although his first love, before Mona, was music, Haase has since made his living primarily as an electrician/builder, gardener, scriptual teacher and letterpress printer. With their two children, the couple moved to Salt Spring Island in 1990. Peter Haase’s memoir, Liverpool Lad: Adventures Growing Up in Post-War Liverpool (Mother Tongue $21.95) recalls his boisterous boyhood and tumultous teen years as the youngest of four brothers in the ’50s and ’60s. Overcoming violence, poverty and bullying teachers, Haase developed his feisty and humourous personality. We follow his travails and escapades as he apprenticed as a butcher boy, got up to mischief among the “jigger rabbits” in alleyways and dressed like a Mod (British dandy) at the Cavern Club, digging the Mersey Beat. 978-1-896949-­29-­1

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Shelley Ikebuchi

I is for Ikebuchi
Here’s one we haven’t heard of before… Just as missionaries in B.C. sought to shelter First Nations women and girls from prostitution, the Methodist Woman’s Missionary Society in Victoria established a “Chinese Rescue Home” as a refuge for Chinese prostitutes and other “slave girls” for more than three decades. The facility also accepted Japanese girls and women. The institution sought to redeem the lives of more than 400 downfallen women by teaching them domestic skills from 1886 to 1923. With a Ph.D. from UBC, Shelly D. Ikebuchi, department chair on Sociology at Okanagan College, has examined the rescue operation in From Slave Girls to Salvation: Gender, Race, and Victoria’s Chinese Rescue Home, 1886-1923 (UBC Press $95). 978-0774830560

J is for Johnstone
Vici Johnstone entered the publishing industry in 2006 when she was hired by Harbour Publishing as the production manager. She became the managing editor and general manager prior to purchasing Caitlin Press in 2008. She operates the publishing company from the Sunshine Coast. Edited by Vici Johnstone, This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone (Caitlin 2015 $24.95) is about 23 women traveling alone—and writing about it. Women have been traveling alone for more than a century, now it’s increasingly common. But the dangers remain much the same. Contributors are Yvonne Blomer, Nadine Pedersen, Catherine Owen, Kami Kanetsuka, Yamuna Flaherty, Lori Garrison, Karen J Lee, Miriam Matejova, Desiree Jung, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, Shannon Webb-Campbell, Kim Melton, Sarah Paynter, Nancy Pincombe, Julia Selinger, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Elizabeth Haynes, Ann Cavlovic, Moni Brar, Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Joei Carlton Hossack, Kelly Pitman, Julie Paul, Vici Johnstone. 978-1-927575-73-4

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Kahlee Keane

K is for Keane
Also known as RootWoman, Kahlee Keane of Vancouver Island is a herbalist who has written on environmental issues and produced wild medicine books, having learned from ‘medicine people’ and healers from diverse cultures. A founding member of Save our Species, she has produced The Standing People series. Born in Torquay, England on November 21 1942, she came to B.C. as child on August 28, 1948. Her two coil-bound, paperback books, with many photos, are now represented by Sandhill Book Marketing of Kelowna, the province’s leading distribution company for independently produced titles. They are The Standing People: Wild Medicinal Plants of British Columbia (Kahlee Keane/Save Our Species 2015)  978-0-9940763-1-1 and The Standing People: Wild Medicinal Plants (Kahlee Keane/Save Our Species of the Prairie Provinces 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9940763-0-4. Each sells for $29.95.

Lawrence, Iain purple capL is for Lawrence
The Skeleton Tree (Penguin Random House $19.99) by Iain Lawrence is a survival story for ages 8-12 about two boys who must cope with their hostility to one another after they are stranded in the wilderness of Kodiak, Alaska, without a radio, flares or food. The pair are the lone survivors after the sinking of their boat operated by the uncle of twelve-year-old Chris who has an intense aversion to prickly Frank. As they learn to forage for food, Chris prefers the company of a curious and friendly raven. In 2011, Iain Lawrence received the $20,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature [see below] from the Writers Trust of Canada and in 2007 he received the Governor General’s Award for his juvenile novel, Gemini Summer (Delacorte 2006). Raised mostly in Toronto and Calgary, Lawrence of Gabriola Island has spent many summers in a 40-year-old converted whaleboat exploring the coast. Lawrence has consequently produced Far-Away Places: 50 Anchorages on the Northwest Coast (Orca, 1995), with illustrations by his brother Donald, and a High Seas Trilogy for young readers: The Wreckers, The Smugglers and The Buccaneers. 978-1-10191-835-7

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Jen Manuel

M is for Manuel
Having taught elementary and high school students of the Tahltan and Nuu-Chah-nulth First Nations, Jennifer Manuel has fashioned a debut novel about a woman who has lived for forty years on the periphery of a First Nations community as a nurse in medical outpost, thereby gaining intimate knowledge of local secrets. Weeks from retirement, Bernadette hears the news over VHF radio that Chase Charlie, the young man she has loved like a son, has gone missing. Without any immediate family of her own in a world “too small for secrets,” she must come to terms with her middle ground in The Heaviness of Things that Float (D&M $22.95). In the 1990s, Manuel, a non-Aboriginal woman, worked for the Ktunaxa Treaty Council in eastern British Columbia, during which time she chaired a national committee on Aboriginal archives, advocating alongside Ktunaxa, Cree, and Mi’kMaq groups for the repatriation of all archival photographs depicting sacred First Nations’ activities. She then worked for three years alongside non-profit Aboriginal groups in Vancouver’s Eastside to develop and deliver education to vulnerable adults, later expanding this work to include the Native Women’s Association of Canada. These activities led her to work as a teacher of Aboriginal children in Kyuquot on the northwest corner of Vancouver Island where she was adopted by the John family. The elder Kelly John gave her the name aa ap wa iick which means, “Always speaks wisely.” Manuel has since done graduate work in Aboriginal education. 978-1-77162-087-1

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Fraser Nixon

N is for Nixon
Fraser Nixon was born on the West Coast and has lived in Montreal, Toronto, Paris and Vancouver. By turns an actor, painter, electrical apprentice and hotel night manager, he has worked as a salesman of newspaper advertising, ice cream, opera tickets and men’s casual slacks. His first novel was a neo-noir novel about a hood on a crime spree through Prohibition-era Montreal, The Man Who Killed, selected as a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. His follow-up noir crime novel, Straight to the Head (Arsenal $17.95), set in Vancouver in 1983, evolves from the theft of a drug shipment and $300,000 in dirty money by an Eastern European immigrant named Irina. Corrupt cops, bounty hunters and scam artists cavort in sushi bars, nightclubs and New Wave galleries. “Back then there were ashtrays and payphones, but no ATMs. We forget what it was like to carry cash around,” he says. “For my second book, I wanted to step back into that time. To drink bad coffee and know what the hell sushi is.” 978-1-55152-638-6 / Due April 2016

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Juliane Okot Bitek

O is for Okot Bitek
Juliane Okot Bitek’s poetry project on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide is 100 Days (University of Alberta $19.95) published in January of 2016, with an introduction by Cecily Nicholson. It’s part of a literary series dedicated to Robert Kroetsch. As someone who has lived in both her native Kenya and Uganda, Okot Bitek recalls her family’s displacement under the vicious regime of dictator Adi Amin while reflecting on the horrific and tragically undeterred genocide in Rwanda. Her work incorporates the Ugandan Acholi oral tradition of her father, the poet Okot p’Bitek, as well as Anglican hymns; slave songs from the Americas, and the contemporarhy styles of spoken word and hip-hop. 978-1-77212-121-6

P is for Pejvack
Nasreen Pejvack’s novel Amity (Inanna $22.95 2015) charts the life-altering friendship between two very different women who share their stories of wreckage caused by Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. The story resonates with Yugoslavian and Iranian politics and its effects on women. Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still plagued with nightmares, meets a Ragusa, a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are loaded with stones ready to walk into the water and end a life that feels intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her. Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran, where, pre-revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece in the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and then, after nineteen months in Athens, she immigrated to Canada where she studied computer programming at Algonquin college in Ontario. After eight years in Ottawa, she continued her work in computers in Vancouver, then moved to California to work as a Systems Analyst for CNet Networks in the 1990s. With a degree in Psychology, Pejvack is now aiming for a PhD. in Sociology. 978-1-77133-237-8

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Mary Tasi and Wade Baker

Q is for Qeyupulenuxw
Mary Tasi of Sky Spirit Studio and her studio partner Wade Baker, a descendant of three royal First Nations lineages, have co-written The Hidden Journals: Captain Vancouver and his Mapmaker (Sky Spirit $20) in an attempt to prove there was a marriage between the mapmaker on HMS Discovery, Lt. Joseph Baker—namesake for Mt. Baker—and the daughter of Musqueam Chief Qeyupulenuxw in 1792—and also to substantiate Wade Baker’s claim to be a descendant of Lt. Baker. The pair visited archives in B.C. and Maui to examine maps which they claim were purposefully hidden. They also reference logbooks, drawings and oral stories. Much credence is given to the contemporary memories of First Nations and Hawaiian elders. While the evidence for Baker’s family background is far from definitive, their book does constructively provide an alternate viewpoint as to why Captain Vancouver was discredited by the Lords of the Admiralty after he returned to England in 1795. With the sponsorship of Neptune Bulk Terminals and Port Metro Vancouver, the authors arranged to have one thousand copies of their book donated to North Shore high schools. 9780993843815

R is for Renner

Jodie Renner of Penticton is a fiction editor, blogger, and award-winning author of three editor’s guides to writing compelling fiction. She has also published two time-saving e-resources. She recently organized and edited an anthology, Voices from the Valleys – Stories & Poems about Life in BC’s Interior, with proceeds to Doctors Without Borders /  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF.ca). It will be followed by Childhood Regained – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers (2016), another anthology for charity. Most recently, Jodie Renner has compiled and edited 51 contributors for Voices from the Valleys: Stories & Poems about Life in BC’s Interior ($18.95). Contributors in alphabetical order are : John Arendt, Howard Baker, Michelle Barker, Della Barrett, Clayton Campbell, Fern G.Z. Carr, Virginia Carraway Stark, Danell Clay, Linda Crosfield, Debra Crow, Shirley Bigelow DeKelver, Keith Dixon, Elaine Durst, Bernie Fandrich, Beverly Fox, R.M. Greenaway, Sterling Haynes, Dianne Hildebrand, Norma J. Hill, Eileen Hopkins, Yasmin John-Thorpe, Chris Kempling, Denise King, Linda Kirbyson, Virginia Laveau, Loreena M. Lee, Denise Little, Alan Longworth, Ken Ludwig, Jeanine Manji, Katie Marti, Kate McDonough, Herb Moore, Janice Notland, Sylvia Olson, James Osborne, Vic Parsons, L.M. Patrick, William S. Peckham, Anita Perry, Seth Raymond, Jodie Renner, Seanah Roper, Ron B. Saunders, Paul Seesequasis, Wendy Squire, Kristina Stanley, Tony Stark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Mahada Thomas and Ross Urquhart. The cover photograph and many interior photos are by veteran freelancer Murphy Shewchuk. 978-0993700439 E-book: $3.65 USD; $4.86 CAD Trade paperback: $16.95 USD; $18.95 CAD

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Farida Somjee

S is for Somjee

Born in Mbeya, Tanzania, Farida Somjee of Vancouver has written a debut novel, The Beggar’s Dance (Amazon $18.34), that follows the struggles of an eleven-year-old boy, Juma, who proceeds to survive on the streets from 1977 to 1992. To gain his independence, Juma must escape the clutches of a mentor/thief and a prostitute who offers love. He holds on to the memories of a friend from his past, a shopkeeper’s daughter, who once told him, “You have to believe in yourself, Juma, break the cycle.” Farida Somjee grew up in Arusha, Tanzania and the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika), and arrived in Canada in her late teens “with twenty dollars in her pocket, a lot of dreams and God on her side.” She has recalled the origins of her novel: “When I was ten years old, growing up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, one evening, I watched a young boy (about eight years old) with his mother, begging. I wondered why I was in the comfort of a car, enjoying an icecream treat and he was on the sidewalk begging? I couldn’t understand so I went back to find him, but never saw him. For a very long time, I would think of him and try to figure out how he’d have spent his day and survived—not realizing that I was writing The Beggar’s Dance all along. It took me many years to understand that there was nothing special about me; I was just born lucky. This childhood encounter was the seed that led to the unfolding of Juma’s story.” pb 978-1481892018

T is for Taylor
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1954, Lesley Taylor of Richmond, B.C. was brought to B.C. in 1956 and grew up in B.C. As a social worker and adult educator, she also helps “indie” writers understand the intricacies of self-publishing. Her own first book, The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose (Western Winds Publishing $18.99) is a self-help guide for introverts who seek to assert themselves as leaders. The Dynamic Introvert also contains a chapter on utilizing energy in an optimal way in order to fully explore the “leadership journey.” Prior to her first book, Taylor contributed a column for the Richmond Review. A follow-up volume, also for introverts, is planned.  978-0-9936546-2-6

U is for Urquhart
Including her description of a trip to Tanzania with her husband to investigate the high incidence of albinism in that country, Emily Urquhart’s memoir Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins $29.99) investigates the phenomenon of albinism from her perspectives of folklorist and the mother of Sadie, a daughter diagnosed with albinism, a rare genetic condition. We learn, among many things, that the term ‘albino’ is about as politically incorrect as retard or homo. People with “oculocutaneous abinism” have little no pigment in their skin, hair and eyes. As well, they have little protection against the sun; burns are quick and dangerous and may cause skin cancer. “Low pigmentation,” she writes, “results in photophobia, meaning that daylight, particularly the searting rays of high noon, can be intolerable.” With a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Emily Urquhart of Victoria won a National Magazine Award in 2014. 978-1-44342-356-4

V is for van Eijk
Having studied the Lillooet (Lil’wat) language for forty years, Jan van Eijk transcribed and translated narratives from Lillooet elders for These Are Our Legends (University of Regina Press $24.95). Along with English translations, a glossary and grammar, he presents texts with transcriptions that can be used by linguists or Lillooet speakers. Illustrated by Marie Abraham, the First Nations’ title is Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh. His indigenous co-authors from the Lilloet area are Bill Edwards, Rosie Joseph, Adelina Williams and Martina LaRochelle. The First Nations’ title for These Are Our Legends is Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh. 9780889773967

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Richard Wagamese

W is for Wagamese
An Ojibway from the Wabasseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, Richard Wagamese first received the George Ryga Prize for Social Awareness in 2011 for One Story, One Dream. In 2012 he was chosen as a recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (NAAA) as a representative of media and communications. In 2013 he became the first recipient of the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature First Prize for Indian Horse. He has now received the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In celebration of a Writing Life for a body of work. Wagamese lives near Kamloops.

X is for Xwisten
A Xwisten First Nation elder, Christine Jack is one of twelve indigenous elders whose lives are celebrated in Wisdom from our First Nations (Second Story $10.95) by Lyle Ernst and Kim Sigafus. Born in Lytton in 1967 as her mother’s tenth child, she overcame alcoholic parents and various family tragedies, including her mother’s death when Christine was eight, and was raised by her aunt and uncle in Lillooet. Overcoming alcohol and drugs, she became the first girl in her family to graduate from high school in 1985. Christine Jack has since worked to stop violence against women. 978-1-927583-55-5

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Serhy Yekelchyk

Y is for Yekelchyk
As a UVic history professor in the Department of Germanic and Russian Studies, Serhy Yekelchyk examines the ‘politics of memory’ under Josef Stalin with analysis based on declassified information from eight Ukrainian and Russian archives. Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (UTP $29.95) uses the Ukrainian republic as a case study to explain intricate relations between the Kremlin, non-Russian intellectuals and their audience. 978-1-4426-2846-5

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Denise Zabliewicz

Z is for Zabliewicz
With a Ph.D from Berkeley, Denise Zabliewicz of the SFU Health Sciences faculty has chiefly examined issues of employment and mental health within the context of US welfare reform policy and a rapidly changing labor market. This research was motivated by her collaboration on the Welfare Client Longitudinal Study where she developed a passionate interest in reducing socio-economic inequalities and the mental health problems that are often over-represented among disadvantaged populations. With Kate Bassil, Zabliewicz co-edited Health Research Methods: A Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press $79.95). 9780195447163

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