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Who’s Who

Anderson, James Ferron

James Ferron Anderson

A is for Anderson
James Ferron Anderson was born in Northern Ireland and worked there as a glassblower, weaver and soldier. He took a bullet in the left arm from the IRA and soon after moved to Norwich, England. He eventually took a degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia, wrote short stories and tackled his first novels. That first dozen took about five months each to write, and were parked on shelves and never looked at again. ‘The first million words are just practice’ he has been known to say about that time. He went back to short stories, entered The Bog Menagerie in the Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, and won it. That same year, 2006, he came to BC, largely to find the brother from whom he had been estranged for sixteen years. He found him in Vancouver. Two years later, driving between Kamloops and Ashcroft, he read the Point of Interest sign: The Ghosts of Walhachin. That was the genesis of The River and The Sea (London: Rethink Press Ltd, 2012), a story of love and jealousy, set near Ashcroft in 1918. It became his first published novel when it won the Rethink New Novel Award in November 2012. The history of British Columbia in general and Vancouver in particular is now his main subject of study, and he continues to write fiction set in these locations. He lives part of each year in Vancouver and part in Norwich, England. 978-1781330104 $16.99 Cdn

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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

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 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 Amazon.com 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

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.

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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Chad Strong

S is for Strong
Chad Strong’s first novel, High Stakes, is a western romance set in Victoria in 1877. The main characters are a young gambler, a prostitute and a preacher’s daughter–each of whom endures their own growing pains alongside the burgeoning city itself. High Stakes received a nomination for a Peacemaker Award for Best First Western Novel by the Western Fictioneers, and was a Finalist in the RONE Awards, sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine, in the American Historical category.Strong has lived in various parts of Canada, from Victoria to the Manitoba prairies and southern Ontario. An avid reader from childhood, he appreciates all genres. High Stakes (Musa Publishing 2012) $4.99 978-1-61937-253-5

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) 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

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.

David Zieroth

David Zieroth

Z is for Zieroth
Foreign artwork and unfamiliar music can be an elixir for creativity, and so David Zieroth has responded to great artists such as W.H. Auden, James Joyce and Albrecth Durer for an autobiograhpical travelogue, Albrecht Durer and Me: Travels, 2004 to 2014 (Harbour $18.95). Zieroth tempers the highs and lows of wanderlust with “knowledge that can only arrived at by leaving home.” Art, music, history, war and architecture inspire poems rife with evocative imagery, sensory detail and Zieroth’s customary humility. David Zieroth formerly published as Dale Zieroth. In 1999 he won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for How I Joined Humanity at Last (Harbour). Ten years later he won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for his eighth collection, The Fly in Autumn (Harbour).978-1-55017-674-2

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