Alys McKey, BC’s First Lady Flier


After flying at Lulu Island in 1913, she witnessed her husband’s fatal crash in Victoria. FULL STORY


Who’s Who

A is for Afterthought
From 1965 onward, The Afterthought was the name of a music promotion enterprise that surfaced for rock and psychedelic music groups at various Vancouver venues including St. John’s Church Hall, 27th & Granville, the Scottish Auditorium, the historic Pender Auditorium (339 West Pender), the Bunkhouse, the Gazebo at First Beach and Kitsilano  at the so-called Kitsilano Theatre (2114 West Fourth). Jerry Kruz was the ongoing music promoter and entrepreneur for The Afterthought. Over the course of dozens of concerts spanning several decades, Kruz collected posters for the various gigs, many of which he had commissioned from artists Doug Cuthbert, Bruce Dowad, Bob Masse and the late Frank Lewis. He has now published his collection of posters, along with his personal reflections of events, for a history of the counter-culture music scene on the West Coast. His memoir and art book, The Afterthought (RMB $40), not only recalls the glory days of music groups such as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, The Collectors (Chilliwack) and Country Joe & the Fish. It provides a chronological record of performances by Vancouver-based bands such as The Nocturnals, United Empire Loyalists, Tom Northcott Trio, Rocket Norton, the Black Snake Blues Band, Seeds of Time and others. The full title is The Afterthought: West Coast Rock Posters and Recollections from the ‘60s. The compendium came to fruition after 15-year-old Grace Gorman of Victoria started collecting and purchasing copies of old rock concert posters. Her father happened to be Don Gorman, a publisher. The curiosity of his daughter prompted Gorman to eventually connect with Kruz. Of all the concerts he attended, Kruz cites a gig at the Pender Auditorium on August 5, 1966 featuring Grateful Dead, supported by United Empire Loyalists, as the best ever. He recalls the Grateful Dead’s soundman and manager Owsley “Bear” Stanley “walking through the room dispensing acid to anyone who opens their mouth” as soon as Grateful Dead hit the stage. “This of course results in a high energy crowd.” 9781771600248

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Bergie Solberg

B is for Bergie
Rosella Leslie’s The Cougar Lady: Legendary Trapper of Sechelt Inlet (Caitlin $22.95 pieces together the life story of Asta Bergliot Solberg, aka “Bergie,” who thought nothing of rowing twenty-five miles down a windy inlet, hunting mountain goats or demanding car rides from locals. She once spent a night in the woods wrapped in the skin of a bear she had shot. She was a frequent competitor at loggers’ sports events. Amateur radio man Jim Wilkinson gave her the nickname Cougar Lady in 1981 when he gave her an old citizen’s band radio. To use it, she needed a “handle.” Bergie balked at his suggestion of Bear Lady because it might be mistaken for bare lady, but accepted Cougar Lady as a handle instead. After living for many years on her own at her cabin on Carlson Creek, she died in 2001. 978-1-927575-63-5


F.T. Marinetti

C is for Cavell
Richard Cavell, among other things, is the first Canadian to have taught Canadian Literature at the University of Padua. His interests in Italian culture in general, and literature and politics in particular, led him to write a fictionalized dramatization of the life of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, a controversial figure often cited as the founder of Futurism, “the first global art movement.” Cavell’s unusual amalgam of history, criticism and fiction, Marinetti Dines with the High Command: A Manifesto and Five Aeropoems (Guernica $20), emanates from a performance Marinetti gave at a dinner party in honour of the German High Command in 1938. It also underlines the hazards of mixing art and politics for the artist. Cavell asserts that Marinetti was not in thrall with the rising Nazis and he was far from being a disciple of Mussolini’s fascism. Marinetti born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1876 and published his Futurist Manifesto in 1909, in France. “I published it in France,” Cavell has Marinetti say in his stage play, “because French was the language of culture, and it was the encrusted culture of the past that I wanted to attack.” Mussolini, wishing to assert that his fascism was distinct and even superior to Hitler’s National Socialism, wanted to support Futurism (and Marinetti) in an effort to make that claim. Consequently, when Marinetti died in 1944, Mussolini ordered a state funeral. Cavell’s book examines Marinetti’s life and character as being beyond fascism, and opposed to it. “The life of F.T. Marinetti,” he writes, “emblematizes the enormous creativity unleashed by the electric age, and its dystopian elements as well.” To his credit, Marinetti  publicly protested against anti-Semitism in 1938. In the same year he persuaded Mussolini not to allow Futurist art to be included in Adolf Hitler’s traveling exhibition of allegedly degenerate art. Marinetti most famously wrote, “Art, in fact, can be nothing but violence, cruelty, and injustice.” 978-155071-864-5

D is for Dakers
In Diane Dakers’ first teen novel, Homecoming (Orca $9.95), Fiona’s dad arrives home from prison after sixteen months and eight days away. Fiona joins her mother and family friends in awkwardly welcoming him home, in an uncomfortable reunion. Fiona and her mom suffered financially, emotionally and socially while her dad was in jail. Now, even the dog, Honey, isn’t sure about him. Fiona had believed her father was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now that he’s back, everyone is treating him like a criminal. Guilty or not, her dad has ruined everything. It’s not until after she’s lured into the darker side of life that Fiona discovers who her father really is. Daker’s other new book, released simultaneously, would surely be in the running if there was  contest for best title of the years. In CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television (Heritage House $19.95), Dakers chronicles the life and times of Vancouver Island’s CHEK-TV, the first and only employee-owned television station in North America. CHEK was also the first television station in Canada with colour telecasting capabilities. Launched in 1956, the channel became the subject of a David and Goliath legal battle in 2009 when its corporate owner, CanWest Global, threatened to shut it down. Employees rallied behind the station and CHEK became employee-owned—republic of sorts, independent unto itself. Homecoming 9781459808034; CHEK 978-1-927527-99-3

Elson, Bryan jacket coverE is for Esquimalt & Bryan Elson
When Canada was still part of the British Empire, its naval forces fell under the command of the British Navy including the two bases at Esquimalt and Halifax. Bryan Elson argues in his newly published book that Canada’s two British naval bases played a key role in ensuring our country’s emergence as an independent country. Canada‘s Bastions of Empire: Halifax, Victoria and the Royal Navy (Formac $29.95) explores how the British Navy stood in the way of U.S. designs on Canada. American leaders knew that the British Navy, with its bases on both coasts, had the power to cut them off from the rest of the world with a naval blockade. Then, during World War I, the two bases played a significant role as the U.S. stood aside and the British Empire, including Canada, took on Germany. During this period, the Esquimalt naval base was buttressed by the extraordinary action of the B.C. provincial government – which at the start of the war bought two new submarines from a shipyard in Seattle for the fledgling Canadian navy forces (military resources are a federal, not a provincial jurisdiction). Elson, a former officer of the Royal Canadian Navy and the vice-chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in Halifax has published two previous books: Nelson’s Yankee Captain: The Life of Boston Loyalist Sir Benjamin Hallowell (Formac 2008) and First To Die: The First Canadian Navy Casualties in the First World War (Formac 2011). 978-1-4595-0326-7

F is for Ford
Cathy Ford has published fifteen books of poetry and numerous chapbooks and folios, including poetry, long poems, fiction and memoir that were published by blewointment press, Intermedia Press, Caitlin Press, Véhicule Press, Harbour Publishing, gynergy books, Mother Tongue Publishing and others. In her latest work, Flowers We Will Never Know the Names Of (Mother Tongue Pub. $18.95), she marks the 25th anniversary of Montreal’s L’École Polytechnique massacres in a long poem written in the language of flowers and an alphabet re-imagined. It is a memento of love amid violence and loss. Cathy Ford was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and grew up in northern B.C. She has a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a poet and fiction writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. She was President of the League of Canadian Poets in 1985 and 1986, and was a founding member of the League’s Feminist Caucus in 1982. From 1984 to 1986 she was a member of a national task force of Women and Words, working to create a draft constitution for a Canadian association of Women and Words. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Literary Storefront from 1980 to 1982. Ford lived for 18 years on Mayne Island before moving to Sidney B.C. She is married, with one son.

Gaetz, Gayle Campbell

Gayle Campbell Gaetz

G is for Gaetz
After Dayle Campbell Gaetz’ 2013 novel, Taking the Reins, won a Moonbeam Gold Award for historical fiction, she will follow it up next spring with Disappearing Act (Orca $9.95), the first in her projected Rapid Reads series about a rookie private investigator, Leena O’Neil, who, at age twenty, decided she definitely didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of her mother and her older sister Georgia and become a lawyer. Three years later her sister has asked for her help because Georgia believes her husband is going to try and kill–rather than go through with a divorce. After Leena agrees to investigate, aided by some on-line courses in criminology, Georgia’s husband, Mark, is murdered. Dayle Campbell Gaetz grew up in Victoria and graduated from UVic. She worked as a draftsperson for B.C. Tel and in 1981 moved to Salt Spring Island with her husband and two young children. Her writing career was launched in 1986 with a picture book. More recently she has produced a series of teen adventure novels that feature a trio of youthful detectives, Sheila, Rusty and Katie. She has now published more than twenty titles. 9781459808225

H is for Michael Hetherington
Michael Hetherington’s novel The Playing Card (Passfield 2013) won the gold medal for best fiction from the Canada West region in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist in the literary fiction category in the ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards. It was followed by Halving the Orange (Passfield 2014), a tale of a young woman named Isabella Allenbeigh who has been confined within the walls of a Vancouver college that her medievalist father founded, in keeping with an agreement made with him at age nine. His latest self-published work of fiction is the novel, Hooked (Passfield $19.95). According to publicity materials: “Late one night when Adrian is nineteen, he risks climbing up into the green tower that operates the railway bridge spanning Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. There, he encounters a mysterious naked woman who will haunt him for years to come. A decade later, he catches his wrist on a fish hook while swimming at a Vancouver beach, and he meets Mandy. Soon, Adrian’s dreams of family bliss turn to nightmares. Mandy’s destructive nature is increasingly revealed, yet Adrian can’t seem to resist her. Why is Mandy’s ex-boyfriend stalking him? Who is leaving the cigarette burn marks he keeps finding? And the question that haunts Adrian most of all: who is really in control of his fate? An undercurrent of violence and danger flows beneath the story, threatening to pull Adrian down out of his innocent schoolteacher’s existence into dark and murky depths.” 978-0-9879618-6-0

I is for Ivan Henry
Lawyer Joan McEwen first heard about the plight of Ivan Henry in 2010 following his acquittal by the BC Court of Appeal. Her first book, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry (Heritage House $22.95) investigates how failings of the justice system—police, lawyers, prosecutors, judges, politicians, etc.—forced Henry to spend 27 years in prison for crimes for which he was later excused, but never declared not guilty. Over three years in the making, McEwen hopes that her book will lead to fair compensation for his wrongful incarceration. McEwen inherited her passion for social justice from her staunchly NDP father and her morbid fear of prison from a childhood glimpse of a jail. In 2008, determined to conquer that fear, Joan began writing a (fiction) book about a prisoner and his (female) parole officer. What began as research ended up with her volunteering to teach a creative writing program in Matsqui Institution. Since then, she has become a volunteer/advocate for prisoners, helping long-term offenders reintegrate back into society. Along the way, she discovered the work that “innocence projects”–the first of which was established in New York in 1992–do to represent, free, and assist the wrongly convicted throughout the world. 978-1-772030-02-0

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

K is for Kyi
A shipwreck on a remote island. A plane crash in the Peruvian jungle. Trapped deep in the earth with 33 others in a Chilean mine.When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Tales of Survival (Annick $14.95) is Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s collection of true, action-packed stories about young people around the world who have had death-defying experiences. The accounts reveal how the youthful survivors used their unusual courage, skills and ingenuity to survive. Ilustrated by David Parkins, it’s her 23rd book. 978-1-55451-682-7

Leggett, Julia

Julia Leggett

L is for Leggett
Although born in Calgary, Alberta, Julia Leggett grew up in Zimbabwe. Her years there influenced her book Gone South and Other Ways to Disappear: Eight debut short stories (Mother Tongue, $19.95), a collection of short stories focusing on the relationships women have with their bodies, lovers, female friends and health. Eufemia Fantetti, author of A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love describes Leggett’s collection as “A smart, surefooted collection that will steal your heart. Julia Leggett’s debut offers engaging stories about the choices between love and despair with swift and sharp insights, page after page.” Leggett has served on the poetry editorial board for Prism magazine. Her work has appeared in Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia, edited by Susan Musgrave (Mother Tongue 2013). She lives in Victoria, BC, where she is working on her masters in counselling psychology and a book of poetry. She also holds a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Gone South is her first book.978-1-896949-39-0

M is for Mac
Carrie Mac’s experiences in the Downtown Eastside continue to fuel her work. Homelessness, addiction, teen pregnancy and crime are the backdrop for her latest novel, The Way Back (Orca $9.95), in which Colby Wyatt is alone, homeless and addicted to Meth. Taken in by her friend Gigi’s grandma, she joins the family business, a pawnshop where Colby, Gigi and Gigi’s brother keep the shelves stocked by breaking into houses and stealing things. When Colby discovers she’s pregnant, she swears she’ll get clean, keep the baby and have a real family. Checking into rehab, Colby is determined to make things work and save Gigi at the same time, but sometimes no matter how much you want something, it doesn’t work out. 9781459807150

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

O'Mahony & Woodroff

MLA Gwen O’Mahoney at Harrison Hot Springs with Constituency Assistant Jennifer Woodroff.

Woodroff, Jennifer

Jennifer Woodroff

O is for O’Mahoney
When Gwen O’Mahony became the first New Democrat and the first woman to ever win a provincial election campaign in a Fraser Valley riding–in a by-election held on April 19, 2012 for the Chilliwack-Hope seat–her victory sent shock waves through the governing provincial Liberal Party across BC. NDP leader Adrian Dix said O’Mahony’s victory “changed the way politics is done in the Fraser Valley”. The truth of that statement remains to be seen. Meanwhile Jennifer Woodroff’s account of O’Mahony’s ascendancy chronicles that historic by-election victory and the local issues that propelled it. According to Jennifer Woodroff, who worked on the unprecedented campaign and subsequently became O’Mahony’s Constituency Assistant, O’Mahony’s one year in office was a turbulent one, preceding a general election in which the governing party was projected to be jettisoned from power. Told as a first person narrative, Woodroff’s insider’s partisan narrative, NDP Country (One Woman’s Army Services / Createspace 2014 / $8.91 on and $4.49 on Kindle) doubles as an unusually fresh summary of how and why the NDP failed to win the 2013 provincial election. Born in Vancouver, B.C., in 1961, Jennifer Woodroff grew up in Chilliwack. In the 1990s, she travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, living in Belgium, Italy, Denmark and Lebanon. During these years, she worked as a professional Middle Eastern dancer. Woodroff joined the New Democratic Party at the age of 14 and has been an active supporter for much of her life. In 2012, she worked in Gwen O’Mahony’s election campaign and became O’Mahony’s Constituency Assistant, sharing the ups and down of public office and the turbulent year preceding the 2013 general election with her. Jennifer Woodroff now divides her time between British Columbia and Mexico. 978-0-9936653-0-1

Pearce, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Pearce

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 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.

R is for Rogers
Previously the author of Secrecy and Power in the British State, Ann Rogers teaches international relations and media studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria. She has co-authored Unmanned: Drone Warfare And Global Security (Between the Lines $3195) with John Hill. Now that President Obama has decided drone aircraft should be the weapon of choice for the United States, Rogers and Hill’s examination of globalized technology in warfare is surely timely. They critique how drones have affected the world in unpredictable ways. John Hill is Writing Centre Coordinator at Vancouver Island University. He was formerly the China Watch editor for Jane’s Intelligence Review, and has reported widely on security matters for a range of Jane’s publications. 9781771131537

Stanley, George recent

George Stanley

S is for Stanley
Born in San Francisco in 1934, poet George Stanley grew up in San Francisco where he became associated with the writing circle of Jack Spicer. Stanley came to Canada in 1971 and taught college English for 26 years, mainly in Terrace, before retiring to live in Vancouver. He became a Canadian citizen in 1978 and received the Shelley Memorial Award in 2006. Vancouver: A Poem was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2009. With an introduction by Sharon Thesen, George Stanley’s new North of California Street: Selected Poems (New Star $21) gathers 53 poems originally published between 1973 and 1999 in various now-out-of-print books. 978-1-55420-082-5

Takeda, Louise

Louise Takeda

T is for Takeda
Louise Takeda is a Research Affiliate with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. Her Master’s degree in Environment and Development focused on land use planning in Haida Gwaii. In her book, Islands Spirit Rising — Reclaiming the Forests of Haida Gwaii (UBC Press $95.00) Takeda examines how the local indigenous environmental community faced multi-national forest industry and political bodies to gain control of forest resources. Islands Spirit Rising looks at collaborative land use planning and its impact on the Haida people and their community control of forest resources. 9780774827652

U is for Ujjal
B.C.’s premier from 2000 – 2001, Ujjal Dosanjh was born in a small village in Dosanjh Kalan, Punjab, India in 1947. He migrated to England at the age of 17 and moved again to Canada in 1968. He worked at a sawmill in Vancouver while studying political science at Simon Fraser University and later earned a law degree from the University of British Columbia. These seem like humble beginnings for a man who rose to hold the top political office in the province but Dosanjh was born into a politically active family as both his father and maternal grandfather were involved in India’s independence movement from Britain. Following in their footsteps, Dosanjh became involved in civil rights during his student years and never stopped. He hit the news several years after establishing a private law practice when he publicly denounced using violence in the campaign to secure an independent Sikh homeland in India. This followed from the terrorist bombing of Air India flight 182 in 1985. Dosanjh was beaten by a man with a metal bar outside his law office and almost killed. But he continued to speak out against extremism. A new book by Douglas P. Welbanks, The Ujjal Dosanjh Story Unbreakable (Chateau Lane/Sandhill, $19.95) chronicles his years as B.C.’s Attorney General when he battled for the rights of immigrant women, just treatment for farm workers and social justice, while standing against racial discrimination and religious persecution. Dosanjh served as a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party from 2004 – 2011. 978-0-9784824-4-2

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
SAnnie 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.

Zilm, Jennifer

Jennifer Zilm

Z is for Zilm
Yet another former student of SFU Writer’s Studio who has published a book, Jennifer Zilm was born in Terrace, grew up in Surrey and—-after sojourns in Toronto, Hamilton, Jerusalem and Tang Shan, China—-currently lives in East Vancouver with an M.A. in Religious Studies from UBC. Zilm was a doctoral candidate in Early Judaism and Christianity at McMaster University and her poems have appeared in various journals such as Arc Canadian Poetry Magazine, Prism International, The Antigonish Review, Vallum and Contemporary Verse 2. She works in libraries and social housing. Her collection is The Whole and Broken Yellows: Van Gogh Poems and Others (Frog Hollow Press $20) 9781926948140

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