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In which our correspondent goes to the dogs in order to make peace with the latest Peace River dam project.   FULL STORY

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A is for Arleen
Arleen Paré’s second collection of poetry, Lake of Two Mountains (Brick $20), has won the Governor General’s Award for English poetry in 2014. It explores the geography and history of the area between the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers that includes the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and a Trappist monastery. Born and raised in Montreal, Paré received Sociology, History and Social Work degrees from McGill University, then moved to Vancouver where she worked in bureaucratic office situations for two decades. She received a Master’s degree in Adult Education from UBC, and a Master’s of Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, where she now lives. 978-1-926829-87-6

Bar-el, Dan

Dan Bar-el

B is for Bar-el
When a cow named Audrey learns she could be headed to the slaughterhouse, she goes AWOL from Bittersweet Pastures in Dan Bar-el’s amusing and heartfelt Audrey (cow) (Tundra $21.95). Her farmyard getaway adventure is narrated by thirty voices, as if the tale of Audrey’s escape is an extended news story. We follow her fate with commentaries by six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a silly rooster. Back in 2002, Bar-el read a news item about a thousand-pound Charolais cow that escaped from a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati by jumping over a six-foot fence. It avoided capture for eleven days, providing inspiration for Bar-el’s story. The cow was dubbed Cincinnati Freedom and given the key to the city. Its notoriety prevented her death. She lived the rest of her days at an animal sanctuary in New York. Dan Bar-el of Vancouver is married to goldsmith Dominque Bréchault. 978-1-77049-602-6. Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyssn.

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Carol Cram

C is for Cram
Carol M. Cram’s debut novel The Towers of Tuscany (Seattle: Lake Union Publishing $14.95 U.S.) concerns the difficult life of a fictional female painter. “The spark that ignited The Towers of Tuscany,” she recalls, “was my musing one day about the Tuscan town of San Gimignano. On visits to Tuscany’s lovely city of towers, I was captivated by its medieval towers and commanding views over the iconic Tuscan landscape. About fifteen of these towers remain, but in its heyday in the fourteenth century, over 70 towers pierced the blue Tuscan sky. “So I wondered: What had San Gimignano looked like with 70 towers? This thought led naturally to another thought: Had anyone painted a view of San Gimignano with its dozens of towers? I decided to invent a painter who veered from the religious iconography prevalent at the time to paint a view of the towers of San Gimignano. I made my painter a woman because in the 14th Century, an artist’s workshop was often a family affair. As a result, it was plausible that a wife or daughter could be trained, even if in secret. And then I got a sign that my novel was destined to be written. I stumbled upon the website for San Gimignano 1300, a museum in San Gimignano that includes a large scale model of the city in the year 1300, complete with all seventy of its towers. On my research trip to Italy, the morning I spent at San Gimignano 1300 was one of the most productive of my writing career to date.” The Towers of Tuscany was originally self-published under the New Arcadia Publishing imprint, then re-issued by Lake Union. Carol M. Cram of Bowen Island is a retired instructor from Capilano University (1988-2009) who was born on March 18, 1956 in Victoria, B.C. Prior to her historical page-turner set in Siena in the 14th century, Cram wrote textbooks on business communications and computer applications for Cengage Learning including six textbooks for Houghton Mifflin (Boston: 1994-1996) and about 30 textbooks for Cengage Learning (Boston: 1997-2014). Cram holds an MA in drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She is married to painter Gregg Simpson. [Heather Pennell photo] 978-1477827215

Dennis, Darrell

Darrell Dennis

D is for Dennis
Los Angeles-based Darrell Dennis is a Secwepemc (Shuswap)-raised comedian, actor and broadcaster from B.C. who has provided a humourous but astute overview of First Nations issues—particularly pertaining to identity–with his essays in Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians (D&M $22.95). The book arises from his experiences as an actor best-known for his roles as Brian Potter on Northwood and Frank Fencepost on The Rez, but also from his roles as producer and host for ReVision Quest, a show challenging Native American stereotypes on CBC Radio One in the summer of 2008. According to to IMDb, Dennis’s career in show business began when he walked into his first professional audition at age seventeen and was hired to play the lead role of Brian Potter in Northwood. His one-man show Tales of an Urban Indian was nominated for two Dora Awards. He has lived in Vancouver, Williams Lake, Alkali Lake, Toronto and New York City. This year he hosted the ACTRA Awards in Toronto. 978-1-77100-040-6

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Julie Emerson

E is for Emerson
Writer and artist Julie Emerson has collaborated with photographer Martin Passchier  to produce The Herons of Stanley Park (Albion $12.99). The book covers the ecology of a colony of Pacific Great Blue Herons that have nested in Stanley Park since 2001. Emerson divides her time between Vancouver and Mayne Island. She has previously published a novel, Palm, a collection of poems about love, Zigzag, and a “botanical novel,” A Hundred Days. $12.99 978-0-9917364-3-0

Fattedad, Sid

Sid Fattedad

F is for Fattedad
He used to be the drummer for a popular West Coast rock group called Five Man Cargo. But eventually Sid Fattedad’s career took off–literally–beyond rock ‘n’ roll. He ended up as a Vice President of Canadian Airlines. The loss of Canada’s “other national air carrier”, Canadian Airlines International, became official in 1999 so Fattedad has now recalled how the demise of the company was heart wrenching to employees, unions and management in his memoir, An Insider’s Story of the Rise & Fall of Canadian Airlines (Warfeet Press 2014 / $29.95). Fattedad was the  man behind the employee rescue plan to save the airline. Long before that, Fattedad had immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1968 to play drums with Five Man Cargo. Having worked as an articling student in Hong Kong, he eventually gravitated to a job as a junior accounting clerk for Canadian Pacific Airlines. When Canadian Pacific became CP Air, the planes were painted orange and he became senior clerk of corporate accounting.

Gillmore, Donald

Donald Allan Gillmore

G is for Gillmore
For seventeen years Donald Allan Gillmore gathered materials about Canada for his six-volume, 2575-page, hardcover collection of encyclopedic facts and stories, Uniquely Canadian (2014). Encompassing, describing natural characteristics, Canadian inventions, fascinating Canadian people and their accomplishments, etc. This pot pourri has been divided into 28 categories. It is marketed by True People Endeavours Inc., 185-911 Yates Street, Suite 308, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8V 4Y9. Gillmore was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, then Regina, Saskatchewan. Later he lived in Ottawa, Breckinridge, Quebec; Waterloo, Stratford, Victoria and Taipei, Taiwan. He has visited 38 countries. He is a graduate in business administration from Athabasca University in Alberta.

H is for Heath
Helen McAllister (left) came to Fernie in 2002; Jennifer Heath (right) came to Fernie in 2005. As relative newcomers to the town, they began peeking over the fences of their neighbors in the Elk Valley in southwestern B.C., gaining inspiration and advice from avid gardeners who generously shared their knowledge, particularly regarding the challenges of growing food in a cold climate. Originally from Newfoundland, Heath spent a year studying organic farming at Linnea Farm on Cortes. Described as a life-long learner, she is a school teacher who previously worked as a massage therapist and a graphic designer. McAllister is a paediatric physiotherapist from Ontario. Together they first put together a multimedia exhibit called Down to Earth: Elk Valley Gardens and Their Keepers that was showcased at the Arts Station in Fernie in 2010. Thirteen local gardeners are featured, along with their growing tips, in Heath and McAllister’s Down to Earth: Cold-Climate Gardens & Their Keepers (Oolichan $29.95). It’s a joyful, well-illustrated celebration on family gardens and the concept of sharing knowledge and recipes. “No matter if you are a new gardener,” says Calgary-born Dawn Deydey, “or someone who has been doing it for forty years, you are always learning.” 978-0-88982-302-0

Wright, Shelley

Shelley Wright

I is for Inuit
As a professor of Aboriginal Studies at Langara College, Shelley Wright, having spent many years in the Arctic, has combined scientific and legal information with political and individual perspectives for an unprecedented overview of the Canadian Arctic and its people, Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change (McGill-Queens $39.95). Focussing on Inuit history and culture, Ice Is Vanishing describes the legacies of exploration, intervention, and resilience alongside Wright’s own recollections and photos–revealing how the Inuit have become the witnesses and messengers for climate change. Shelley Wright has lived and travelled in the Arctic for more than ten years beginning with her experiences as the Northern Director of the Akitsiraq Law School based in Iqaluit. 978-0-7735-4462-8

Mundy, Jane

Jane Mundy

J is for Jane Mundy
Jane Mundy is a Vancouver freelance writer and editor who also has twenty years of experience as a professional cook. She will follow The Ocean Wise Cookbook by editing The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2: More Seafood Recipes that are Good for the Planet (Whitecap $29.95), due in April, 2015, in conjunction with Ocean Wise, a national conservation program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to educate restaurants and consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. It contains more than 100 recipes from Canadian chefs and restaurants, as well as advice about cooking techniques and sustainability concerns. Some of the “ocean friendly” recipies include Hot Smoked Sockeye Salmon with Charred Orange and Maple Syrup, Rainbow Trout Ceviche, Savory Anchovy Eclairs, Grilled Guajillo Spot Prawns with Gazpacho and Seaweed Salad 978-1-77050-238-3

K is for Kozak
At age eighty, travel writer W. Ruth Kozak of Vancouver has published her first novel, Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon (Bristol: Mediaaria CDM 2014), set in Greece during the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great, at age 33, in 323 BC when there was a power struggle among his followers. She chronicles the journey of the newly appointed joint-kings, Alexander’s half-brother Philip Arridaios and his infant son, Iskander (Alexander IV). Her planned follow-up volume will be Blood on the Moon: The Field of Hades. Following her attendance at a historical writers’ conference in London, Kozak was invited to several author events in Greece, a country she has often visited. A Vancouver resident since 1946, Kozak was raised in East Vancouver where her father, the Reverend Fred Filer, was pastor of the Grandview Baptist Church. She attended Templeton and Britannia High Schools. Her first job was in the newsroom of the Vancouver Sun. She has published in The Province, The Vancouver Sun, 50 Plus, Senior Living and other newspapers and magazines as well as on-line publications www.EuropeUpClose.com and www.travelgeneration.com. Her own on-line travel zine is at www.travelthruhistory.com where she describes a trip to Egypt. One of her projects is an Athens Guide e-book for Hunter Publishing, US. 978-0-9927155-1-9

LaRouche, Gerry

Gerry LaRouche

L is for LaRouche
In his retirement, Gerry LaRouche of Trail, B.C., a former engineer with Teck Resources, has produced a compendium of financial advice, Investing My Way – Become a Do-It-Yourself Investor and Save Thousands of Dollars in Fees (Green Onion Publishing $29.95). “As defined-benefit pension plans are increasingly being replaced by defined-contribution plans,” he says, “more pensioners will need to manage their hard-earned savings or have an advisor do it for them, at a fee of course. Regardless which route they prefer, this book will surely increase their financial literacy, a very important asset if they will heavily rely on their investments during their retirement years… People don’t have to become  financial experts to manage their investments. It’s not rocket science. If they lack the confidence and prefer to continue working with an advisor, the book will show them how to pick one.” Gerry LaRouche, BASc, PEng, grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, a mining town. He attended University of Montreal Ecole Polytechnique. After graduating from the metallurgical engineering program, he soon moved to Trail and worked with Teck Resources. He also worked in Kimberley, B.C., and Pine Point, Northwest Territories. 978-0-9919572-0-0

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Barbara-jo McIntosh

M is for McIntosh
Having studied at the Dubrulle French Culinary School in Vancouver, Barbara-jo McIntosh worked at the Mandarin Hotel and for the Umberto Menghi Group prior to opening her bookstore specializing in cookbooks, Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks, located in Vancouver’s Yaletown district. Her Tin Fish Gourmet (Raincoast, 1998; 2nd edition Arsenal Pulp Press 2014) provides 75 recipes for seafood that is available in tins. It also includes reproductions of historic fish can labels throughout. It has made a strong showing on the BC Bestseller List in its second edition, one of three cookbooks on the weekly list in December. McIntosh provides advice as to how to “transform everyday canned seafood into stylish, delicious dishes in this cookbook that features innovative recipes for not only tinned salmon and tuna but clams, oysters, shrimp, crabmeat, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and more.” Dishes include Creamy Garlic & Clam Chowder, Kentucky Crab Crepes, New England Salmon Cakes, and Apple, Cheddar & Tuna Melt. [Photo by Alex Waterhouse Hayward] 9781551525464

N is for Neil
Moby Dick, the white whale, and the character of Ahab in Herman Melville’s classic novel serve as the leitmotif in Danial Neil’s second novel, my June (Ronsdale $18.95)– and, yes, there is no capital M in that title, by design. Set in the fictional town of Seaside on the Sunshine Coast, and on waters offshore, it’s the story of man named Reuben Dale who must overcome the sudden death of his wife named June after she suffers a stroke. Having recently retired with the expectation of sailing, Reuben wanders aimlessly in a town that could easily be mistaken for Sechelt while his sailboat named “my June” remains tied to the dock. A marina operator eventually encourages Reuben sail once more, but Reuben’s past brings forth new and entirely unexpected challenges. He tries to retain his loyalty to his deceased wife but seeking new friendship and joy seems to contradict that impulse. And, yes, Danial is correctly spelled without an e. Danial Neil was born in New Westminster in 1954 and grew up in North Delta. He began writing in his teens journaling and writing poetry. He made a decision to be writer in 1986 and took his first creative writing course in Langley with Rhody Lake. From that time he went on to write ten novels, mostly after work (never quitting his day job as a Sr. Development Technologist for local government). His short story, Grace, was published in the 2003 Federation of BC Writers anthology edited by Susan Musgrave. 978-1-55380-335-5

Park, Olga

Susan McCaslin with Olga Park

O is for Olga
Now retired from teaching, Susan McCaslin of Fort Langley has released Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna $24.95), described as a spiritual memoir in poetic prose. It focuses on McCaslin’s spiritual mentor, Olga Park (1891-1985), who self-published several titles about direct mystical experiences “grounded in and moving out from the Christian tradition with which she was most familiar.” McCaslin’s text provides much of Park’s life story, mixed with her own, through a series of vignettes and poems written by the author and by Park. It includes illustrations of Park’s spiritually-inspired artistic creations and it “explores the relation of the female spiritual seeker to her wisdom teacher, guru, and spiritual mentor, and addresses timeless questions about the relation of time to eternity, the nature and emergence of consciousness, direct mystical experience etc. in a contemporary Canadian context.” McCaslin’s new book will be launched on January 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace on 16th and Burrard in Vancouver.  Olga Park (1891-1985) was born in Gargrave, England (Yorkshire) but resided in B.C. from 1910 until her death in 1985. From 1964 until 1978 she lived as a solitary in a small rented, one-room cottage on Ioco Road in Port Moody, British Columbia. The poet Susan McCaslin knew her intimately from 1969 until her death in 1985, visiting her regularly during her Port Moody years and onward until her death. After Park had lived in Port Moody, she lived in various residences in east Vancouver. Her self-published books have been archived by the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She left many small, handmade booklets that remain undated. She also left McCaslin a filing cabinet of her unpublished records and writings. Susan McCaslin [pictured with Olga, circa 1980, courtesy of Mark Haddock] and her husband created a website on Olga at www.olgapark.ca 978-177133-188-3

P is for Pierce
For her latest novel, Siege (Orca $9.95) Jacqueline Pearce learned how to fire an 1812 musket and the speed of the current over Niagara Falls if you fell in near historic Old Fort Erie. Her protagonist, Jason doesn’t share her interest in history. When he agrees to go to camp with his cousin, Sean, he doesn’t realize it’s a War of 1812 re-enactment camp — no cell phones or electricity. It’s not all bad. Firing the muskets, and sneaking out at night, getting into trouble is fun, but Jason and his friends keep running into the same camp counselor, and he is clearly up to no good. When they start to investigate what he’s doing, they find they may have taken on more than they can handle. 9781459807518

Q is for Quattro
Having lived for several years in Larissa and Thessaloniki, Greece, Russell Thornton has included numerous poems set in the eastern Mediterranean for his sixth collection, The Hundred Lives (Quattro $18), the first title he’s released from Ontario, via Quattro Books. Some of his previous work has appeared in Greek translation in the anthologies Foreign Language Poems on Thessaloniki (Kedros Publishers, Athens, 1997), Into a Foreign Tongue Goes Our Grief: Poems On or After Cavafy (Bilieto Publishers, Peania, 2000) and Thessalonki: A City in Literature (Metaixmio Publishers, Athens, 2002). 978-1-927443-68-2

Rogers, Janet

Janet Rogers

R is for Rogers
The release of Janet Rogers’ latest collection of poetry, Peace in Duress (Talonbooks $16.95), occurs at the conclusion of her three-year tenure as Poet Laureate of Victoria. Promotional material says, “Rogers’ newest collection pulses with the rhythms of the drum and the beat of the heart.” A Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, Janet Marie Rogers was born in Vancouver, on January 29, 1963. She has been living in the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, in Victoria, since 1994. She began her creative career as a visual artist, and began writing in 1996. Her previous books are Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions, 2007), Red Erotic (Ojistah, 2010) and Unearthed (Leaf Press, 2011) . 978-0-88922-911-2

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Carrie Saxifrage on Cortes Island

S is for Saxifrage
Carrie Saxifrage is a journalist for the Vancouver Observer who also honed her research skills as an environmental lawyer in the US. Having climbed mountains that include the Matterhorn and Chimborazo, she homesteads on Cortes Island where she has adopted a low carbon lifestyle. She has worked with First Nation communities to help generate their responses to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. In her first book due in April, The Big Swim: Coming Ashore in a World Adrift (New Society $16.95), she provides twelve personal essays to demonstrate how responding to threats to the biosphere can generate personal growth. With wit and lyricism she encourages others to confront climate change as a non-scientist. Saxifrage is an open water swimmer, a life-long backpacker, kayaker, cyclist and bus traveler who has fashioned “a handbook to living deeply in perilous times” according to J.B MacKinnon, author of The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World. 9780865717985

Tammemagi, Hans

Hans Tammemagi

T is for Tammemagi
Hans Tammemagi knows how to get what he wants; that’s why he wrote Winning Proposals (Self Counsel Press $16.95), now into its third edition. As an environmental columnist for the Vancouver Sun and a professor at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Tammemagi, of Pender Island, also wrote Air: Our Planet’s Ailing Atmosphere (Oxford, 2009), an exploration of the myriad problems affecting our atmosphere, including smog, acid rain, ozone depletion and climate change. His other books include Waste Crisis, Exploring the Hill (Canada’s Parliament Hill), Exploring Niagara, Compelling Communication and Half-Lives. Also an accomplished photographer, he has produced several ‘blog-books’ available via the internet. These include  Impressions of Namibia, Impressions of Estonia, Eagles on an Island and Cruising the Broughton Archipelago. As a freelancer, he has contributed to magazines that incude Canadian Geographic, Westworld, Zoomer, Explore, Canadian Living, Northwest Travel, West, Canada’s History Magazine and Indian Country Today; and to newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Star and the National Post. He has been been a columnist for the Vancouver Sun and Silver Kris (Singapore Airline’s in-flight magazine). He has a B.Sc. Physics; M.Sc. & Ph.D. in geophysics and he is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada, Society of Environmental Journalists, International Ecotourism Society, Writers  Union of Canada and Canadian Nuclear Society. 978-1-77040-060-3

U is for Uganda
Ainslie Manson’s thirteenth children’s book, A Giraffe Called Geranium (Red Diamond / Sandhill $19.95) was inspired by her trip to Uganda where her niece manages safari camps. Manson learned about poaching problems and the need to protect giraffes, prompting her to create a whimsical story about a giraffe that makes an inexplicable appearance in a West Coast garden. A girl named Susanna comforts and names the giraffe, but it’s homesick for the African savannah—so they set sail for Africa.  Manson gave the story to West Vancouver artist Mary Baker as a 60th birthday present. Baker previously illustrated a 2010 book by Grace Chen, a young woman with Down’s syndrome. Baker’s art has most been sold and displayed in West Vancouver. 978-0-9937341-0-6

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Alex Van Tol

V is for Van Tol
Alex Van Tol has the bit between her teeth. This spring the Victoria freelance writer and editor is releasing her ninth and tenth titles in less than five years, while continuing to work on an adult novel. Along with her third non-fiction title—this one for the Royal B.C. Museum—Van Tol, a self-described ‘recreational list maker,’ has fashioned another very serious novel for young readers; this time about an over-anxious teen named Chick who feels burdened by his father’s overbearing and impossible expectations. Chick copes by making lists, lots and lots of lists. It helps a lot to have a budding romance with Audrey on his debating team, but her advice to simply confront his father is hard to take. Never concede defeat you’ve even raised your sword, she tells him. Due in April, Chick: Lister (Orca $9.95) is for 10-14-year-olds. The non-fiction title is Aliens Among Us: Animals and Plants in British Columbia That Don’t Belong Here (RBCM 2015) $19.95 (Ages 8-12) Aliens 978-0-7726-6853-0; Chick 9781459810006

W is for Woodsworth
David Woodsworth, great-grandson of pioneering social democrat J.S. Woodsworth, saw most parts of British Columbia through his career as a geological field assistant. He has co-written Hot Springs of Western Canada (Gordon Soules 2014), an expanded version of a B.C. classic guidebook, with his father Glenn Woodsworth. His recreational activities include mountaineering and rock climbing. He is passionate about photographing B.C.’s landscapes. David Woodsworth lives with his wife in Vancouver.

X is for Xwemelch’stn
The texts in Colin Browne’s The Properties (Talon $19.95) range from a twenty-first-century visitation by Herman Melville at a diner in New York City to an unknown history of the Lions Gate Bridge that begins in the Coast Salish village of Xwemelch’stn and ends with an assassination in Egypt. Igor Stravinsky, Sigmund Freud, Duke Ellington, Jeanne d’Arc, Walter Guinness, George Bowering, André Breton and more appear. 9780889226852

Cooper, Yam book jacketY is for Yam
Yam Cooper of Penticton has written, illustrated and self-published The Story of Bill and His House of the Hill (Yam Cooper $19.95), described as a humourous and refreshing tale for all ages about diversity, leadership and xenophobia. Bill has grass hair. As an outcast, he forms a friendship with a deaf-blind critter and reinvents a language that bypasses discrimination and connects people through the heart. According to promotional literature, “this adult-book-in-disguise” seeks to encourage better understanding and avoidance of bullying with a discussion guide called Beyond the Green Noggin. “This story has many layers,” says Cooper. “With each reading, depending on their age, life skills and experience, the reader can discover the one that opens their mind or sparks an important lesson for life. The book touches on many topics in a fun and engaging way, like creativity, racism, discrimination, sustainability, language, openness, taking action, staying positive, and many essential skills for life. I hope to reach children before they become bullied or bullies, as Bill’s story can positively influence their direction in life.” Educator and humourist Yam Cooper is a member of the non-profit family band Vivibe, “playing world music for peace and deepening the human to human and human to planet connection,” when he produced his first book. Cooper is also on the board of directors of Happy Hive Creative Learning Society, “a fresh new organization of awesome visionaries creating innovative creativity, life skills, and teamwork programs for children.” 9780993813115

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Lillooet Nördlinger McDonnell

Z is for Zelikovitz
Lillooet Nördlinger McDonnell, Ph.D, is a scholar of modern Jewish and Israeli history. Originally from British Columbia, she is currently a research fellow at the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies in Ottawa. Her book Raincoast Jews: Integration in British Columbia (Midtown Press $22.95) recounts the lives and accomplishments of five important Jews in B.C. between 1860 and 1970. Cecelia Davies is remembered for her charity work in Victoria; Hannah Director became head of the school board in Prince George; as a refugee from Czechoslovakia, Leon Koerner was a progressive figure from the B.C. lumber industry; founder of UBC’s school of music, Harry Adaskin is revered as an outstanding musician; Nathan Nemetz was an outstanding lawyer who became the first Jewish Chief Justice of British Columbia. 978-0-9881101-2-0


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