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Stalin’s shadow in B.C.

Grant Buday’s darkly comic novel The Delusionist is a potent reminder why few people can never escape from history. FULL STORY

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Adderson, Caroline 2013

Caroline Adderson, 2013

A is for Adderson
As the only author to have won both of B.C.’s top fiction prizes–the Ethel Wilson Prize for adult fiction (in 1994 and 2005), and the Sheila Egoff Prize for children’s literature (in 2013)–Caroline Adderson will continue making progress with her split writing personality in September by releasing A Simple Case of Angels (Groundwood $9.95) for children aged 8 to 11. Hoping to rehabilitate the reputation of her adorable but overly-mischievous dog June Bug, Nicola decides to take her pet to visit the shut-ins at the new Shady Oaks nursing home, but Nicola’s mother won’t allow her to go alone. She is forced to accept the company of a new girl she doesn’t like in order to discover that more than a few of the elderly patients are being kept against their will. June Bug and Nicola become involved in an escape plan. As well, Adderson has already received considerable press for her next novel due in August. As told through the eyes of a lover, an ex-husband, two daughters, a grandson, and a friend, Ellen in Pieces (Crean / HarperCollins $22.95) is the story of Ellen McGinty, who, in the middle years of her life, sells the home in which she raised her daughters, finds a lover twenty years her junior, and begins to explore love and the possibility of recovery from regret. Advance chapters won the 2013 national Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction and the 2013 Alberta Magazine Association Gold Medal for Fiction; and were shortlisted for the 2013 National Magazine Award for fiction, the 2013 Western Magazine Award for Fiction. Angels 978-1-55498-430-5; Ellen 978-1443426787 [Adderson photo by Monica Miller]

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Grant Buday

B is for Buday
Never one to shy away from the truth in his fiction, Grant Buday recalls Josef Stalin’s systematic starving of two million people in the Ukraine in the 1930s—known as the Holodomor—in his novel about Cyril Andrachuk, the only Canadian-born son of immigrant parents, set in Vancouver in 1962. In The Delusionist (Anvil $20), Cyril struggles with menial labour jobs during the day but draws incessantly and longs to attend art school. His mother can’t imagine why Cyril wants to draw his late-father’s tools—saws, drills, hammers, wrenches—and questions his sanity when he begins a series of large, commemorative “Stalin stamps” amid growing family distress. For anyone puzzled about the current headlines involving Russia and Ukraine, this darkly comic novel is a potent reminder why few people can ever escape from history, even at the western edge of European migration. “Buday captures the ambiance of 1962 Vancouver like an archaeologist opening a time capsule,” writes John Moore in a forthcoming BC BookWorld review, “the old Aristocratic Café, trying to sneak into Restricted movies on Granville Street’s glittering Theatre Row, ambivalent adolescent friendship and awkward adolescent love, but it’s the portrait of the immigrant family living in the small house symbolically located across the street from a large cemetery that makes this story ring so true. Cyril, the youngest Canadian-born son, may have no memory of the holocaust in the Ukraine, but he lives in its shadow, surrounded by whispered fears of the “dreaded Koba”, always reminded by the brittle bones and stunted stature his older brother suffered due to starvation as a child.” Critically well-received, but too downbeat to be trendy, Buday won the 2006 Fiddlehead Magazine short fiction contest since he relocated from Vancouver to Mayne Island. [Grant Buday photo by Snelgrove] 978-1-927380-93-2

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John Crouch: six highways, three guidebooks.

C is for Crouch
Following the winter of 2011 when John Crouch turned 70, he celebrated in the summer of 2012 by flying to Whitehorse with his bicycle and pedalling 2,500 kilometres along six long highways back to his home in Victoria. The journey took him just over three weeks. He first crossed southern Yukon on the Alaska Highway. His memoir Six Highways to Home (Chickadee Press $20) describes meetings with people en route, as well as the beauty and rawness of the land, numerous bears and the massive devastation caused by mountain pine beetle. Crouch is also the author of three outdoor guides for the Victoria area–for cycling, hiking and walking. Modelled on unpretentious walking guides for the Lake District of England, Crouch’s self-published Walk Victoria (Chickadee Press, 2003) outlines 50 urban and suburban walks. He says it went into its second printing after only six weeks. Born in 1941, Crouch is a retired registered massage therapist and a long distance runner. 978-0-9731913-5-6

Drabek, Jan

Jan Drabek

D is for Drabek
Jan Drabek has followed his biography of Vladimir Krajina in 2012 with a memoir, Up to My Ears in America, released by DonnaInk Publications. It covers Drabek’s immigrant experiences as a high school student in New York City and as a college student in the Southern U.S. during the 1950s when the integration of blacks into white society was beginning to be considered. Drabek also describes his experiences as a naval aviation cadet in Florida and later as a Washington newspaper copy boy. Up to My Ears in America records how the Cold War, the McCarthy era and puberty affected the Czech emigre. The book is available on Amazon.com. Like his fellow Czech émigré novelist Josef Skvorecky, Drabek feels obliged to waken North American society from a slumber of innocence with regards to the potential threats of totalitarian or communist regimes. In 2013, Drabek received the Masaryk Prize awarded by the Czech and Slovak Association of Canada. The prize is presented annually to Canadians of Czech or Slovak origin who have in some significant way played a role in bringing freedom to Czechoslovakia or in some way enriched the lives if Czechs and Slovaks in Canada. Jan Drabek was born in Prague on May 5, 1935. His father, Jaroslav Drabek, was a lawyer-journalist active in the Czech underground during WW II. Drabek Sr., although not Jewish, was sent to Auschwitz in 1943 with “Return Unwanted” stamped on his papers. Jan Drabek has recalled, “In January 1943 Father was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, which he miraculously survived to hide for the rest of the war in a Prague insane asylum. That was just the beginning: after the Communist takeover he led the family to West Germany on skis [in 1948], then brought us into North America [in 1948] where the four of us (my brother Jasha and I besides our parents) established new roots and prospered.” Drabek Sr. became chief prosecutor of a Czechoslovak war crimes tribunal and a commentator for “Voice of America.” In 1984, Jan Drabek accompanied his father to Auschwitz for the filming of a 20-minute documentary memoir, Father’s Return to Auschwitz, directed by Czech-born Ivan Horsky. 978-1-939425-94-2 (pbk)

Haldane, Sean

Sean Haldane

E is for Ellis Award
Dr. Seán Haldane’s The Devil’s Making (Stone Flower / Red Tuque $21.95), set in 19th century Victoria, B.C., has won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. He did the research for it while living in Victoria in the 1980s, having lived in B.C. from 1980 to 1987, then again from 1990 to 1994. Set in Victoria in 1869, it follows the adventures of a newly-arrived policeman from England, Chad Hobbes, who must discover why the mutilated body of Dr. McCory was found in the woods. The apparent murder victim was an American ‘alienist’ whose methods included phrenology, Mesmerism and sexual-mystical ‘magnetisation’. One of the murder suspects is Wiladzap, a Tsimshian medicine man, Wiladzap, who is immediately arrested. But the ‘savagery’ of the Aboriginals is all too easily blamed, and Hobbes must look deeper into the society and himself. Darwin wrote that the difference between the savage and civilized person is ‘the difference between a wild and a tame animal.’ But how much does so-called civilization serve as a guise for savage natures? Dr. Seán Haldane of London, England, is Director of Rún Press Limited, Lee View House, South Terrace, Cork, Ireland CRO no.510786. Haldane holds a BA from the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, University College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Saybrook Institute, San Francisco. Various job titles he has held include lecturer, part-time farmer, small press publisher, psychotherapist and consultant clinical neuropsychologist. www.seanhaldane.com 978-0-991-90730-4

F is for Furlong
For her ninth novel, Nicola Furlong delved into the inspirational fiction mode for Heartsong, Book 1, Sisterhood of Shepherds (Kentucky: Mantle Rock Publishing, Kentucky 2014). According to publicity materials: “Some families have hope. Others have faith. The Shepherds of rural Oregon have Faith, Hope and Charly, three quirky sisters whose lives change forever when they reluctantly answer a personal calling to help other make amends. Thirty-something single parent Charly Shepherd is satisfied with her life raising two children and thousands of plants in her family owned Sweet Shepherd Nursery. Then tragedy strikes. As she and her siblings struggle to keep the nursery going, Charly begins to believe her family’s destiny is greater than raising flowers. When the three sisters reluctantly delve into family secrets to help their ailing father fulfill a promise, their lives change forever as they pursue a new inspirational path of discovery, heartache, humor and redemption.”

G is for Grubisic

G is for Grubisic

G is for Grubisic
Along with UBC English instructors Gisele M. Baxter and Tara Lee, Brett Josef Grubisic has edited an anthology examining dystopian literature produced by North American authors between the signing of NAFTA in 1994 and the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011 for Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dsytopian Literature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press $48.99). While including references to the works of Margaret Atwood and Joseph Campbell, the collection opens with an essay by Janine Tobeck called The Man in the Blue Suit: Searching for Agency in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy. There’s also an essay by Robert McGill about fiction from Douglas Coupland called The Sublime Simulacrum: Vancouver in Douglas Coupland’s Geography of Apocalypse; an essay about Lisa Robertson by Paul Stephens called The Dystopia of the Obsolete: Lisa Robertson’s Vancouver and the Poetics of Nostalgia; as well as Sharlee Reimer’s essay on Larissa Lai called Logical Gaps and Capitalism’s Seduction in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl. 978155459890

H is for Hetherington
As a mother of two, Lhasa Hetherington has written Victoria with Kids (Self-published $14.95), an “Eat Shop Play” guide to Victoria for parents travelling with their children. “It came [about] while traveling though Europe with my boys,” she says. “Traveling with kids is a completely different ball game then traveling by yourself. You need to know where the kid-centered stuff is, and you need to know NOW. And then, you hope and pray there is something close by that will please you too. Right?  Maybe a good cappuccino, or a delicious bowl of soup.  Hopefully a nice little shop.  It’s the little things. Well, I came home, and decided that the families who come to Victoria needed a guide–and it would be me!” Hetherington’s “essential guide for cool parents and their children is available from various in Victoria or via the internet.

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Imbert Orchard

I is for Imbert
After Imbert Orchard moved from England to B.C. in the aftermath of the Second World War, CBC hired him as a regional editor for television scripts in Vancouver. He later he began producing documentary history programs for CBC Radio. Before he died in 1991, Orchard donated his invaluable archive of B.C. history recordings to the B.C. Archives, mostly gleaned from his travels around B.C. with recording engineer Ian Stephen between 1959 and 1966. The pair recorded some 998 conversations, mainly with pioneering British Columbians, totalling 2,700 hours of material. With an MA in history, Robert Budd of Victoria has scoured through Orchard’s invaluable collection of recordings to prepare Voices of British Columbia: Stories from our Frontier (D&M 2010) and now Echoes of British Columbia: Voices from the Frontier (Harbour $35). The books combine archival photos and sound recordings on DVDs to represent one of the largest oral history collections in the world. 978155017678

J is for Johnston
In the metafictions and flash fictions of Sean Johnston’s forthcoming collection We Don’t Listen to Them (Thistledown $18.95) we enter a world in which a bank teller will hand a patron his bank robber note. In some fiction, the fact that anything can happen justifies that it will happen…. In Johnston’s follow-up to his recent novel, Listen All You Bullets (Gaspereau $27.95) — an outgrowth of the Jack Schaefer’s 1949 Western novel Shane that was made into a famous 1953 movie starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur — the Kelowna-based Okanagan College professor often veers into writing about writing. In one of his stories elaborate footnotes delineate the characters and their actions. We Don’t Listen to Them is due in September. 978-1-927068-92-2


Sharon Kallis. Photo David Gowman.

K is for Kallis
Vancouver artist Sharon Kallis is no stranger to environmental art. Over the past few years, she has collaborated with environmentalists, ecologists and communities to transform unwanted natural materials, like invasive species and green waste, into physical structures that will support the return of native flora and fauna. Kallis, using traditional weaving techniques, fashions invasive vines into nurse logs and bio netting. These art pieces slow soil erosion and support the return of native plants. The installations or collaborative eco-art she creates are ecological interventions tailored to each space. Common Threads: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art (New Society Pub. $29.95) is a simple weaving guide to engage communities in controlling invasive species, creating better green waste management and building collective urban gardens for the greater good. Uniting communities in a common goal fosters relationships and develops responsible land stewardship. Kallis believes that a do-it-together mentality empowers communities and connects individuals to work as one in the fight to combat environment urban issues. 978-0-86751-778-7

L is for Lazarus
It’s common knowledge that Canuck Place in Shaughnessy was previously a mansion that served as the headquarters for a Vancouver chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, but there are many other addresses in the Lower Mainland with skeletons in their closets, and few people know more about them than Australian-born Eve Lazarus of North Vancouver. She recently examined the social histories of heritage houses in Greater Vancouver for At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Heritage Homes (Anvil 2007), followed by Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens: Tales from the CapitalCity (Anvil 2012). Now Lazarus has risen, again. She’s back in print with Sensational Vancouver (Anvil $24). Including a walking tour map of Strathcona and Chinatown, Lazarus highlights the famous and the infamous, particularly the latter from the first half of the 20th century when ‘Terminal City’ was a hotbed for bookies, brothels and bootleggers. And there were lots of unsolved murders. We learn that Canada’s first female cop was Lurancy Harris who patrolled the houses of ill repute on Alexander Street. Opium dens and gambling joints were the purview of Detective Joe Ricci. Sensational Vancouver also celebrates remarkable women such as Elsie MacGill, Phyllis Munday, Nellie Yip Quong and Joy Kogawa—along with entertainers, artists and controversial characters. According to her publisher, Lazarus blogs obsessively about houses and their genealogies at www.evelazarus.com/blog/ 978-1-927380-98-7


Robert J. Muckle

M is for Muckle
As a follow-up to Wilson Duff’s seminal Indian History of British Columbia, Robert J. Muckle’s overview of B.C.’s First Nations from an anthropological perspective is “unhindered by old fashioned and insensitive anthropology” according to a review in B.C. Studies. Muckle’s The First Nations of British Columbia: An Anthropological Survey from 1998 was first reprinted by Broadview Press in 2006, now followed by a third version from UBC Press for $19.95. Muckle uses an anthropological framework to familiarize readers with the history and cultures of First Nations in the province, and provides a fundamental understanding of current affairs and concerns. As well as new photographs and artwork, the revised third edition includes a new introduction and conclusion; updated information and references; new sidebars on topics of interest such as totem poles, sasquatch, and the Chinook jargon; discussions of enduring stereotypes and misperceptions of First Nations; and excerpts from important historical documents, including the Canadian government’s Apology for Residential Schools. Born on October 11, 1955 in Vancouver, archaeologist and anthropologist Robert J. Muckle is a professor of archaeology in the department of Anthropology at Capilano University. He is also the author of Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview (University of Toronto Press, 2012). 9780774806633

N is for Nelson
Randy Nelson grew up on Saskatchewan, where he became a conservation officer. In 1977, he came to B.C. and worked as a fisheries officer for the next 35 years. Now retired and living in Kamloops, Nelson has written a book about his experiences protecting our sea life from poachers and polluters. His adventures included grizzly bear attacks, high speed car chases, and confrontations with armed fishermen. His hobby of long distance running helped him catch fleeing felons. He has raced in more than two hundred competitions, including ten marathons. Over the course of his career as a conservation officer he has received the international Pogue-Elms Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. He is the most decorated Fishery Officer in B.C. history. His book is Poachers, Polluters and Politics: A Fishery Officer’s Career (Harbour $24.95).  978-1-55017-639-1

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The amazing Olga Kotelko

O is for Olga
Bruce Grierson has written the biography of Olga Kotelko (2 March 1919 – 24 June 2014), the remarkble nonagenarian track and field athlete. She held over 30 world records and won over 750 gold medals in various age categories, including 17 of them in the 90-95 age categories. What Makes Olga Run? (Henry Holt and Co. 2014) explores what drove this remarkable 94-year-old woman to compete. Grierson studied everything from Kotelko’s diet and sleep patterns, to personality tests, and spare time activities, to try to puzzle out what made this track star tick. What Makes Olga Run? examines the extent to which our health and longevity is determined by DNA, and how much can we shape our destiny. Kotelko, a B.C. resident, was the seventh of eleven children born to Ukrainian immigrant farmers Wasyl and Ann Shawaga in Vonda, Saskatchewan. Bruce Grierson also works as a Contributing Editor to Adbusters magazine; he is also a writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has been nominated for eight Canadian National Magazine awards, and is the co-author of Culture Jam. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

Priestly, Jason

Jason Priestley

P is for Priestley
Having spent nine years playing teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh in the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210, Vancouver-born actor Jason Priestley has opened up about his private life in Jason Priestley: a Memoir (Harperone $33.50)Some twenty years after 90210, the actor, director and former race car driver candidly writes about his life as a celebrity, his marriage and fatherhood, while describing his journey from Vancouver to international stardom, his near fatal racing accident and some jail time served for impaired driving. “I’m only 44, and my life and career are certainly not over,” he writes, “It’s like Indiana Jones says, ‘It’s not the years. It’s the mileage.’ I think I’ve got 400,000 miles on me… In August 2012, it had been 10 years since my near-fatal race car accident. I’d done a lot of damage to myself, including three skull fractures, but I’d rebuilt my body and mind. I’d married my girlfriend (Naomi Lowde), had two children (Ava, 7, and Dashiell, 5, on July 9) and got back the career I’d had before the crash. It felt like the right time to write a book like this. For anyone who’s been faced with challenges and obstacles that they feel like they can’t overcome, yes you can.” And, yes, there is stuff in the autobiography about his former roommate Brad Pitt. 978-0062247582

 Q is for Quirk-e
“Every brave voice deserves a hearing,” according to Wayson Choy, in response to the sixth anthology from the Quirk-e collective, The Bridge Generation: A Queer Elders’ Chronicle from No Rights to Civil Rights (self-published  $16). The anthology of short prose and graphic memoirs reflects upon the shared journey of homosexuals in Canada who can recall times when gays were “once defined as sick outlaws, imprisoned in jails and mental institutions, strapped down and ‘cured’ with electric shocks.” Edited by host artists Claire Robson and Kelsey Blair, with introductions by Dr. Elise Chenier, Department of History at SFU, The Bridge Generation has been published in collaboration with Simon Fraser University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. The members of Quirk-e describe themselves as a “discordant and unruly choir, insisting, despite the odds, on showing the height, depth and breadth of their experiences.” 978-1-4834-0635-0.

Iain Reading

Iain Reading

R is for Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Amazon $7.35) is the first installment in a young adult series by Iain Reading. It introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane. She is described in promotional materials as “A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking.” After leaving her home in Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty gets embroiled in stolen gold, criminals, shipwrecks, and curses arising from the mystery of a sunken ship, the Clara Nevada. The history of the Klondike Gold Rush is recalled prior to a climatic chase in the Yukon.

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Elma Schemenauer

S is for Schemenauer
If asked to name a British Columbian who has written 75 books, few Brititish Columbians would cite little-known Elma Schemenauer whose mainly educational titles have been published in Canada and the USA. Born near the village of Elbow, Saskatchewan, Elma Schemenauer first learned the traditions of her extended Mennonite family. After teaching for several years, she moved into a publishing career in Toronto. In 2006, she and her husband relocated to Kamloops. Now she has a forthcoming adult novel, Consider the Sunflowers (Borealis $19.95), due in the fall. It’s 1940 and Tina Janz doesn’t want to marry the man her pious Mennonite parents have chosen for her. He’s as boring as turnips compared with her half-Gypsy boyfriend Frank Warkentin. Obsessed with the dashing Frank, Tina leaves her job in Vancouver to marry him. However, her joy is soon overshadowed by loneliness on Frank’s farm in the prairie community of Coyote, Saskatchewan. When he shuns local Mennonites because some of them scorn his mixed parentage, Tina feels torn between her Mennonite heritage and her husband. Their son’s death drives the couple farther apart. Then fresh challenges send them stumbling toward a new understanding of love, loyalty, faith, and freedom. 978-0-88887-575-4

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Tracy Theemes at work

T is for Theemes
Prior to entering the world of finance, while doing doctoral work in child psychology at UBC, Tracy Theemes worked with financially challenged families in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. That experience made her question what role poverty and wealth played in the spiral of disadvantage. Returning to Vancouver after successful careers in New York and Los Angeles, Theemes became convinced that women needed a different approach to financial planning. Her work with women across a broad socio-economic spectrum encouraged her to write, The Financially Empowered Woman: Everything You Really Want to Know about Your Money (Greystone/LifeTree Media $19.95). Theemes’ five-step planning guide explores the social and emotional roots behind money problems, and offers advice to help women get their financial life on track and gain control of their financial lives. Certified Investment Advisor Tracy Theemes is a co-founder of the Sophia Financial Group. 978-1-928055-00-6

U is for Unmanned
John Hill and Ann Rogers are former intelligence analysts who have collaborated on Unmanned: Drone Warfare and Global Security (Between the Lines $31.95). Both hail from the U.K. and formerly worked for Jane’s Intelligence Review. Hill coordinates the Writing Centre at Vancouver Island University, while Rogers teaches international relations and media studies at Royal Roads University. They live in Ladysmith. Their book examines drone aircraft as the first true globalized technology of war, whose continued use will change conflict in unpredictable ways. 9781771131537

Ed Varney

Ed Varney

V is for Varney
Based in Royston on Vancouver Island, veteran publisher and Intermedia Press co-founder Ed Varney has continued to write, print and sell “strange and beautiful handmade books for advanced readers” from out of Courtenay, including Perro Verlag’s alluring The Book of Nada, a petite philosophical treatise that Varney initially described as being found in his archives dating back to the early 1970s. He later revealed he had written it in the Seventies and updated it for publication under a pseudonym. “I ascribed it to an unknown author because I thought that was an amusing frame to put around it. Apparently everyone fell for it. If you are interested, I have a manuscript of the Diaries of Adolf Hitler….” Varney has also recently produced 300 copies of his own prose for Dreaming With One Eye Open (Vortext #3 $9). His most recent chapbook of poems is Bird (Poem Factory, 2011). Nada 978-1-897243-80-0; Dreaming 0-9738334-2-4; Bird 1-895593-29-5

W is for White
Frank White started writing the story of his life in 1972 when he was nearly sixty. It took him over four decades to finish his book and get it published. Along the way, his boisterous yarn in Raincoast Chronicles about wrangling tiny trucks overloaded with huge logs down steep mountains with no brakes won the Canadian Media Club award for Best Magazine Feature. It was reprinted so many times everyone urged him to write more. As a 100-year-old former truck driver, logger, gas station operator, “excavationist” (bulldozer operator extraordinaire) and waterworks technician, Frank White has now released the follow-up to his Milk Spills and One-Log Loads: Memories of a Pioneer Truck Driver (Harbour $32.95) that was published this spring when he was only 99. The second, 400-page volume of his memoirs is That Went By Fast (Harbour $32.95). He was accompanied to his book launch in Pender Harbour by his 97-years-young wife, Edith Iglauer, author of Fishing with John. Spills 978-1-55017-622-3; Fast 978-1-55017-668-1

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

Yahgulanaas, 2014 Red coverY is for Yahgulanaas
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will be speaking at Indian Summer: A Festival of Arts, Ideas and Diversity in Vancouver this July. His talk will take place on on Wednesday, July 9, at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St.), as part of the “ARTPOLITIK” event in which three presenters will discuss the graphic novel as an extension of an older form of storytelling. The other presenters are Orjit Sen—one of India’s most renowned graphic artists—and David Wong—a Vancouver-based architect and author of Escape to Gold Mountain. Tickets are $15. Yahgulanaas will also be participating in a speakers’ series at the festival called “5 x 15” (Five brilliant speakers—fifteen minutes each) on Thursday, July 10 at 9pm, at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street). The “5 x 15” event is for ages 19+ and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is most widely known as the originator of a new genre of cartoons he calls Hadia Manga, or Manhwa, with his graphic novel, Red: A Haida Manga (D&M, 2009). The hardcover version was nominated for a Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award, a Doug Wright Award for Best Book and 2010 Joe Schuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Cartoonist. Manga is the Japanese word for comics; Mahwa is the Korean word for comics. Yahgulanaas uses the term to establish that his Haida cartoons are positioned somewhere between two continents. Set somewhere off the northwest coast of B.C., his Red: A Haida Manga (D&M $19.95) is the story of an orphan named Red and his sister, Jaada, who captured and taken away when their village is raided. Seething with rage, Red wants to find his sister and take revenge on her captors. A paperback version has been released for the first time in May, 2014.

Z is for Zwez
Gaudalupe Zwez is one of more than 45 contributors to Margaret-Anne Enders, Marilyn Livingston, Tom Salley and Bettina Schoen’s Spicing Up the Cariboo: Characters, Cultures & Cuisines of the Cariboo Chilcotin (Caitlin $26.95), a collection that affords glimpses into the ethnic diversity of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the connection between community and kitchen. Cariboo Chilcotin residents, of various cultural backgrounds, interweave their tales of hardship, celebration, love, and resilience with traditional family recipes. Zwez, from Honduras, left behind her parents and nine siblings to come to B.C. with her husband but she never learned to cook traditional Honduran food, leading to her recipe for chicken in cocanut sauce, until she immigrated. She has worked as a microbiologist, elementary school teacher and nursing aid. Other contributors include Manola Khounviseth, who endured a harrowing escape from Laos to share tales of her homeland and her old family recipes. First Nations member Andrea Thomas honours the ways of her ancestors by preparing traditional food and sharing stories of hunting and gathering. Braian Barcellos, from Brazil, describes following his sweetheart to the Cariboo, while offering up a favourite family recipe. There are more than 100 dishes from foreign lands as well as the Cariboo-Chilcotin backyard. From the highlands of Peru to rural Bangladesh to the Ulkatcho territory. 978-1927575109

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