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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

bett2-cov-lgB is for Bett
With an arresting title that is reminiscent of UBC professor Warren Tallman’s collected essays for Godawful Streets of Man (1978), poet Stephen Bett has released his sixteenth collection, Those Godawful Streets of Man: A Book of Raw Wire in the City (Blaze VOX $16 U.S.).  His private papers have were acquired by Simon Fraser UniversityLibrary this year. Born on April 3, 1948 in Victoria, B.C., poet Stephen Bett has taught in the English Department at Langara College. He previously taught at Columbia College from 1979-1987. “My contact with a younger generation is really important to me personally and as a writer,” he says. “Not so much for subject, as for attitude.” His academic interests include Postmodern American & Canadian Poetry and International Postmodern Fiction. Bett has been cited for his “Swiftian gaze outward at an absurd world.” 978-1-60964-200-6).

Carr, Emily England bookC is for Carr
Kathryn Bridge’s Emily Carr in England (RBCM $27.95)  is an important contribution to writing about B.C.’s best-known painter, examining Carr’s five years in England from 1899 (at age 27) to 1904. With historical photos and Carr’s own sketches from the period, it includes some of Carr’s comical stories about her life. One makes fun of the guest house where she lived; another describes an unsuccessful attempt to see Queen Victoria’s funeral procession, and a third describes a painting excursion into woods from St. Ives, Cornwall. While at the Westminster School of Art she was keen to participate in a segregated class for female artists drawing from the nude. “I had never been taught to think of our naked bodies as something beautiful,” she wrote, “only as something indecent, something to be hidden… [The model’s] beauty delighted the artist in us. The illuminated glow of her flesh made sacred the busy hush as we worked.” Copies of the book have been sent to Dulwich Picture Gallery in London to complement a major, new exhibit on Carr’s art. 978-0-7726-6770-0

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

Eamer, Claire

Claire Eamer

E is for Eamer
Claire Eamer has lived in Whitehorse, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and parts of Germany and England, prior to moving to Gabriola Island. Her The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods (Annick 2013) won 2013/2014 Red Cedar Award for best non-fiction book according to voting from B.C. students. With eight true stories of scientists and inventors who all went ‘outside of the box’ to make major contributions to mankind, Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science (Annick Press 2013) by Claire Eamer previously won the 2013 Lane Anderson Award for best science book for children in Canada. The latter recalls why Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving, why “mad scientist” Nikola Tesla’s futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed, why Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades, and how Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s. She also writes about Copernicus and the sun-centred model of the universe; Ignaz Semmelweis, who tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods; the aviation pioneer George Cayley, whose ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work; and Rachel Carson, who sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife. Her other titles include Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them, Spiked Scorpions & Walking Whales: Modern Animals, Ancient Animals, and Water, Super Crocs & Monster Wings: Modern Animals’ Ancient Past and Traitors’ Gate, and Other Doorways to the Past. [Tim Kinvig photo]

F is for Fournier
In Shore to Shore: The Art of Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston (Harbour $26.95), Suzanne Fournier tells the story of one of the first pieces of Coast Salish art to be installed in Stanley Park and the artist, Luke Marston, who created it. The sculpture honours Marston’s Portuguese and First Nations ancestry and family history in Coastal BC. In September of 2014, Marston’s 14-foot bronze-cast cedar sculpture Shore to Shore was erected in Stanley Park under the watchful eyes of Coast Salish First Nations leaders and representatives from Portugal’s Azores Islands. The carving, commemorating Marston’s great-great-grandparents, Portuguese Joe Silvey, Kwatleematt (Lucy), a Sechelt First Nation matriarch (Marston’s great-great-grandmother) and Silvey’s first wife, Khaltinaht, a Musqueam and Squamish noblewoman, is surrounded by seine nets, whaling harpoons and Pacific coast salmon and embodies BC’s history of multicultural relationships, while highlighting one of Canada’s finest contemporary First Nations carvers. 978-1-55017-670-4

McWhirter, George blue shirt

George McWhirter

G is for George McWhirter
Since retiring from teaching at UBC in 2004, George McWhirter has been almost as busy as ever, publishing a new collection of short stories, The Gift of Women (Exile Editions $19.95). Two of the stories, “Tennis” and “Sisters in Spades,” were finalists for the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Story Prize and appeared in the CVC Carter V Cooper Anthology Series. McWhirter read part of another story, “Arrivederci,” at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival in October. He continued to translate Mexican poets including Homero Aridjis, with Tiempo de ángeles / A Time of Angels (Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica / City Lights: San Francisco 2012) and Gabriel Zaid, with Poesía selecta de Gabriel Zaid / The Selected Poetry of Gabriel Zaid (Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2014) with fellow translators Eliot Weinberger, Margaret Randall and Daniel Hoffman, among others. Born in Belfast on September 26, 1939, George McWhirter was raised in Shankill Road district and received his B.A. from Queen’s University in Belfast, where his classmates included poets Seamus Heaney and Seamus Deane, and Robert Dunbar, the Irish children’s writer. He taught at Kilkeel, Bangor, County Down (1962-1965) and at the University of Barcelona’s Escuela de Idiomas (1965-1966). He came to Canada in 1966 and first taught high school in Port Alberni, living in a log cabin by Sproat Lake. He has lived in Vancouver since 1968 and received his M.A. from UBC in 1970. He was head of UBC’s Creative Writing Department from 1983 to 1993. 978-1-55096-425-7

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

J is for Jones
On the 60th anniversary of her marriage to Paul Harris Jones, Mavis Jones published her sixth book of poetry, Fog Larks (Seabird Press). The poems celebrate Jones’ love of birds and nature. Jones is a West Coast writer who attended school in Powell River and later received degrees from UBC and McGill. She was awarded the Petra Kenney Poetry Award in 2003. Jones worked as a librarian in Canada and England, and later as an ESL teacher to adults overseas and in Vancouver. With her husband, Paul, she turned her attention to local environmental issues. In l999 they were given the Vancouver Natural History Society’s Davidson Award for their work in Conservation and Education. Her other book titles include Summer of Beautiful Days (Tidewater, 2001), Her Festival Clothes – Hugh McLennan Poetry Series (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001) Flames and Courtesy (Hawthorne, l997), Marbled Murrelets (FOC, 1993), Texada Poems (Tidewater, l993). 978-0-9685498-7-2

Kozak, W. Ruth

W. Ruth Kozak

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 and Her own on-line travel zine is at 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

Lowther, Christine, 2007

Christine Lowther

L is for Lowther
On November 9, Christine Lowther was accorded the Rainy Coast Arts Award for Significant Accomplishment from the Pacific Rim Arts Society. Lowther, daughter of Pat Lowther, has recently written about her family background, and how the murder of her mother by her father affected her and her sister Beth, in a short essay called Gifts From Lands So Far Apart near the outset of her new memoir Born Out Of This (Caitlin $21.95). “My mother had read her poems at peace rallies while we each took our turn in her womb.” The book also contains her reflections on the positive influence of punk rock and alternative music groups such as Mecca Normal over several decades in a piece called Generally Giving A Damn. A self-described activist, Lowther first published A Cabin in Clayoquot, a non-fiction book about collective resistance to clearcut logging in Clayoquot Sound. She has subsequently moved to live on a floathouse in Tofino. 978-1-927575-55-0

McAllister, Ian underwater photo by Tavish Campbell

Ian McAllister underwater, by Tavish Campbell

M is for McAllister
Ian McAllister’s latest offering, Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest (Greystone $50) underscores the importance of wilderness conservation. Through photos and personal narrative, McAllister maps a journey through the ecologically sensitive Great Bear Rainforest. From the headwaters of unexplored river valleys to hidden offshore depths, his twenty-five years of research, exploration and campaigning to preserve the forest’s biodiversity allows McAllister to provide a glimpse into one of the wildest places left on earth. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. provides a foreword. Raised in Victoria, Ian McAllister is the son of environmental activist Peter McAllister. He is a nature photographer, writer and conservationist who has dedicated his life to exploring the remote wilds of the BC coast. His images have appeared in numerous publications including International Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, Audubon, Sierra, and Beautiful British Columbia. 978-1-77164-045-9

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

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 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

Saxifrage, Carrie

Carrie Saxifrage

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

T is for Talon
Two Talonbooks titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Translation: And Slowly Beauty by Michel Nadeau ($17.95, translated by Maureen Labonté); and Christina, The Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard ($16.95, translated by Linda Gaboriau). Meanwhile Talon author Bev Sellars has received third prize in this year’s Burt Awards for Aboriginal Literature for her memoir They Called Me Number One ($19.95). “We now face a happy dilemma,” says publisher Kevin Williams, “How to fit all three prize stickers on the book cover?” Sellars won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness and was also a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. See for the full shortlist. Winners will be announced on November 18, 2014.

Uegaki, Chieri

Chieri Uegaki

U is for Uegaki
Eleven years after her kidlit debut with Suki’s Kimono (Kids Can, 2003), illustrated by Stephane Jorisch, Chieri Uegaki has again reflected Japanese culture with Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can $18.95), inspired by her two late grandfathers. One was a gifted violinist; the other was a gifter of fireflies. A graduate of UBC’s Creative Writing Department, Uegaki lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two vocally gifted dogs. 978-1-894786-33-1

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


Mother and daughter team, Dolly & Annie Watts

W is for Watts
Annie Watts’s second cookbook, beHealthy Cookbook (Port Alberni: AWL Publishing $20), provides 14 reduced-calorie menu plans (just 1,680 calories each) and more than 100 recipes that are free of dairy, gluten, red meat, starch, yeast, citrus, and table salt. Born in Port Alberni in 1961, Annie Watts has Gitk’san, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakiutl, Scottish and English ancestors. Before finishing secondary school, she worked as a waitress and became interested in food preperation. She later received a Culinary Arts Degree from Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), then pursued a degree in Computer Science. In 2004, Dolly Watts was declared a winner on an episode of the Foot Network’s Iron Chef program. Annie Watts spent more than 12 years working for her mother as a manager of her mother’s restaurant, Liliget Feast House, on Davie Street in downtown Vancouver. The legacy of that restaurant is their co-authored cookbook, Where People Feast, An Indigenous People’s Cookbook, winner of a Gourmand Award in the category: Best Local Cuisine Book (Canada). It also placed in the top 10 for the World Title in that category. The Gourmand Awards help booksellers and buyers identify the best out of the 24,000 food and wine books published every year. In July of 2011 Annie Watts self-published her beHealthy Cookbook with the help of two registered dietitians. As a result of her recipes, Annie Watts lost 80 pounds from April to November in 2013. The focus is on creating appetizing dishes that are prepared with the minimum of fuss by using few ingredients that can be easily found in grocery stores that specialize in nutrient rich ingredients, for example, soy beans and quinoa.

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

Y is for Yahgulanaas
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas spoke at Indian Summer: A Festival of Arts, Ideas and Diversity in Vancouver this July as part of the “ARTPOLITIK” event in which three presenters discussed the graphic novel as an extension of an older form of storytelling. The other presenters were Orjit Sen—one of India’s most renowned graphic artists—and David Wong—a Vancouver-based architect and author of Escape to Gold Mountain. Yahgulanaas also participated in a speakers’ series at the festival called “5 x 15” (Five brilliant speakers—fifteen minutes each) at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street) on July 10. 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 was released in May, 2014.

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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