Adderson, Caroline with house to be demolished

Eve of Constructions

Between 2004 and 2015, more than 10,000 demolition permits were issued for Vancouver residential buildings. So Caroline Adderson sat down and made a book.  FULL STORY

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Antonson, Rick, Mary Trainer Brian Antonson 2015

Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer, Brian Antonson

A is for Antonson
One of the most enduring B.C. titles has been In Search of a Legend, Slumach’s Gold: The Search for the Slumach-Lost Creek Gold Mine (1972) by Rick Antonson (Vancouver), Brian Antonson (Maple Ridge) and Mary Trainer (Summerland). Repackaged in 2007 as Slumach’s Gold: In Search of a Legend, it served as the basis of a 6-part TV show, Curse of the Frozen Gold, that aired on the History Channel in 2015, Animal Planet viewed slated for 2016. Now the Antonsons and Trainer have reunited for Whistle Posts West: Railway Tales from British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon (Heritage House $18.95), a collection of train stories from B.C., Alberta and the Yukon spanning 150 years. Topics covered include classic episodes like the nailing of the “last spike” at Craigellachie in 1885 and the devastating train collision at Hinton, Alberta, in 1986, along with tales of train robberies, bridge disasters, humour and high jinx on the rails, and Robert Service’s 1904 journey to the Klondike aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. The book includes a foreword by Don Evans, president emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association, a list of heritage train sites in Western Canada, Yukon, and Alaska, and archival photos throughout. 978-1-77203-043-3

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Maggie Bolitho

B is for Bolitho
Raised on the West Coast, Maggie Bolitho of Victoria married an Australian and moved to Melbourne where she began writing fiction. She spent twenty years there before returning to B.C. in 2007 and living in North Vancouver for seven years. Her debut novel, Lockdown (Great Plains Publications 2014), depicts society’s aftermath following a mega-thrust earthquake that strikes the Pacific Northwest. Her novel for adults, Outback Promise (HarperCollins 2015), profiles an Aussie couple, the Balfours, who are trying to save their marriage after their only child was killed by a hit-and-run driver six years earlier. Grady Balfour has been having an affair, so he and Ros agree to take a three-month camping trip into the heart of Australia to rekindle the fire or else to agree to call it quits. Their chasm of grief is as formidable as the Outback. Maggie Bolitho compares the work of writing to that of a Border Collie; both require speed, concentration, focus, patience and persistence to get the job done. 9781460705667

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Wayde Compton

C is for Compton
After a one-year stint at the Vancouver Public Library’s seventh writer-in-residence in 2011, Wayde Compton took over from Betsy Warland as the director of Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2012 and later released his first collection of short stories, The Other Harbour (Arsenal Pulp 2014). It has received the $300 City of Vancouver Book Award from a field of finalists that included the illustrated kids’ book Mr. Got to Go, Where Are You? by Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent, a local history entitled Live at the Commodore by Aaron Chapman, and Bren Simmers’s poetry collection Hastings-Sunrise. In 2002, Wayde Compton instigated the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, with a goal to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black neighbourhood. Hogan’s Alley was the informal name given to Park Lane, an alley running through the southwestern corner of Strathcona in Vancouver’s East End. [Photo by Ayelet Tsabari]

Dixon, Jack book jacketD is for Dixon
Jack Dixon’s The Barn (Victoria, Friesen Press, 2015) describes the ordeals and bravery of the Mollens, a family of nine in Arnhem, Holland, after their country was invaded by the German army in May of 1940. It is based on interviews that Dixon conducted with members of the Smollen family. Forced to work for the Nazi Occupation forces because he owned a garage, the father uses his wits to resist as best he can, helplessly watching as Jewish neighbours are brutally arrested. With the onset of the Battle of Arnhem in September of 1944, the entire civilian population is forced to evacuate their homes. After three days of walking, they take refuge in an empty barn for the remaining eight months of the war. During the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-1945, the Mollen family survived on turnips, beets and acorns, but kept their secret radio hooked up to a Gestapo power line.  A true story of perseverance and triumph, Dixon’s novelistic family drama recalls the time the youngest Mollen girl had to have an abscessed tooth extracted without freezing and the time when the two youngest Mollens carried out their daring plan to ‘liberate’ coal from a moving train at night. Emboldened by BBC news, the Mollens ultimately return to the empty shell of their house. 978-1-4602-3970-4

E is for Easthope
While making his living fighting forest fires in B.C., artist and musician Kevin Easthope (on home page), born and raised in Williams Lake, illustrated Willie Sellars’ Dipnetting with Dad (Caitlin $16.95) which has won the Gold Medal for Moonbeam Award’s Best First Picture Book. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are an international award for children’s books published in English or Spanish. Easthope obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC Okanagan. Willie Sellars, a member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), was  seven-years-old when he first went dipnetting with his father and uncles. Set in the Cariboo Chilcotin region, Dipnetting with Dad is about a father giving his lessons in the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. The stepping stones of preparation for the long-awaited moment — a visit to the sweat lodge, learning how to mend nets, finding the perfect fishing spot, and catching and packing the fish back to the lodge — pale in comparison to the real lessons learned — family values, the importance of storytelling and the meaning of community living. In his position as a second term Band Councillor, Sellars works closely with the departments of Resources. Married with two children, he keeps busy practising his culture and playing sports. Dipnetting with Dad is a first book for both men. 978-1-927575-53-6

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Lorrie Forde

F is for Forde
Lorrie Forde is a self-designated life coach in Summmerland who has released Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care (Influence 2015) from a hybrid publishing service. Fun is one of her F Words. She has a CEC coaching designation from Royal Roads University (certified executive coach) and an ACC designation from International Coach Federation (associate certified coach). She completed her grad certificate at RRU in 2013 and added the ICF designation in 2015.  A public launch was held at the new Okanagan Regional Library in Summerland B.C. where 170 copies were donated to SOVAS (South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society) and SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society). $19.95 U.S. via Amazon.

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Adara Goldberg

G is for Goldberg
As Education Director at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Adara Goldberg published her first book, Holocaust Survivors in Canada: Exclusion, Inclusion, Transformation, 1947-1955 (University of Manitoba Press 2015) to trace the influx of 35,000 Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution and their dependants who came to Canada in the decade following World War II. Goldberg examines how Canadian resettlement officials and established Jewish communities both coped with major difficulties in order to incorporate the post-genocide migrants. Her research was conducted at Holocaust survivors’ kitchen tables as well as in traditional archives. Adara Goldberg received her Ph.D from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. $24.95 978-0-88755-776-7

H is for Hill
Home on the Waves: A Pacific Sailing Adventure (Promontory $17.95) recounts Patrick and Heather Hill’s home life aboard Sky One Hundred, their self-built, 42-foot sailboat. With their two children, they spent 14 months sailing more than 15,000 miles in total, departing from Vancouver, first “harbour-hopping” along the Pacific coasts of the United States and Mexico, then onto the tropical islands of the South Pacific. After staying in the Hawaiian Islands, they navigated Sky One Hundred to the glaciers of Alaska before returning home to Vancouver. The Vancouver-based couple has owned nine sailboats, including Sky One Hundred, built in their back yard. 9781927559949

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Shelley Ikebuchi

I is for Ikebuchi
Here’s one we haven’t heard of before… Just as missionaries in B.C. sought to shelter First Nations women and girls from prostitution, the Methodist Woman’s Missionary Society in Victoria established a “Chinese Rescue Home” as a refuge for Chinese prostitutes and other “slave girls” for more than three decades. The facility also accepted Japanese girls and women. The institution sought to redeem the lives of more than 400 downfallen women by teaching them domestic skills from 1886 to 1923. With a Ph.D. from UBC, Shelly D. Ikebuchi, department chair on Sociology at Okanagan College, has examined the rescue operation in From Slave Girls to Salvation: Gender, Race, and Victoria’s Chinese Rescue Home, 1886-1923 (UBC Press $95). 978-0774830560

J is for Jovanovic
Serbia-born teacher and journalist Katarina Jovanovic of Vancouver provided the text for The King Has Goat Ears (Tradewind 2008), winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2009, illustrated by Philippe Béha. Illustrated by Montreal’s Josée Bisaillon, Katarina Jovanovic’s second book in English, The Blue Vase (Tradewind $12.95), is a sophisticated story for middle grade readers about bullying and entrapment. After Sonia accidentally breaks a precious vase belonging to her next-door neighbour, Mrs. Kaminski, her playmate Marta, who is Mrs. Kaminski’s grand-daughter, promises to keep the incident secret in exchange for money and gifts. As Marta’s power over Sonia increases, and her blackmail demands escalate, Marta spreads lies about Sonia at school. Ultimately Sonia must find the strength to confront bullying and allow honesty to prevail. 978-1-896580-91-3

K is for Klondike
With more than 600 photos, Robert D. Turner’s The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers: A History of Yukon River Steam (Sono Nis $49.95) must surely rank as one of the most comprehensive studies of the remarkable Yukon River vessels and their vital services, as well as those who built and ran them. After 19 books, Turner understands the importance of B.C. and Yukon history to the general public and it’s a catalyst for his work. “Recently I did a talk on the E&N Railway for the Cowichan Valley Historical Society in Duncan,” said Turner in 2013, “and it was once again so rewarding to see the impact of my books at a personal level for people whose families and community histories are portrayed in the text or photos. I’ve met so many people whose parents or grandparents featured in my books.” 978-1-55039-242-5

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Al Lehmann reconfigures Hamlet

L is for Lehmann
After thirty-one years as an English teacher, primarily at Caledonia Secondary School in Terrace, B.C., Alan W. Lehmann retired and combined his admiration for the works of Shakespeare with his desire as a teacher to make Hamlet more accessible for Hamlet, The Novel (Lulu 2014), a self-published tale largely told from the perspective of Horatio. The novel opens with the Norwegian Prince Fortinbras arriving at the Elsinore castle claiming Denmark should cede the castle to Norway. Lehmann imagines contemporary dialogue for all the characters as Horatio ostensibly creates a journal that provides insights into Hamlet’s character from an admiring friend. 978-1-4834-2867-3 $30 approx See

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Hudson Mack

M is for Mack
Hudson Mack: Unsinkable Anchor (Harbour Publishing $24.95) is not a maritime book; it’s a media memoir by a man has been one of the most recognizeable figures on television news for Vancouver Island. News achorman Hudson Mack surprised many viewers in  2004 when he “crossed the street” from CHEK-TV to The New VI. He left CTV Vancouver Island after a decade in 2014. In his memoir he explains his subsequent absence from the boob tube. 9781550177206

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Hasan Namir

N is for Namir
And you thought it was hard being gay in Victoria? Or Whitehorse? Set in war-torn Iraq in 2003, Hasan Namir’s novel about being queer and Muslim, God in Pink (Arsenal $15.95) breaks new ground for B.C. publishing. Born in Iraq in 1987, Namir has graduated from SFU with a BA in English. Set in Iraq, his story follows the travails of a gay university student named Ramy whose parents have died, so he seeks counsel—as well as escape from the scrutiny of his fundamentalist brother and sister-in-law—with a sheikh at the local mosque, Ammar. When the teachings of the Qur’an don’t mesh with the realities of Ramy’s anguished predicament, the inherited belief system is called into question. It’s a long way from The Well of Loneliness. 978-1-55152-605-5

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Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles and now she lives in Vancouver.

O is for Okot Bitek
After learning that troops in her hometown of Gulu had opened fire on peaceful walk-to-work citizens protesting the high costs of fuel and food in 2011, Uganda-raised Juliane Okot Bitek has contributed ‘Stuff to do When Your Hometown is Burning’ to The Revolving City (Anvil $18). “There it was,” she explains, “a national army firing protesters with live bullets and it seemed important but wasn’t—no local or international news channel available to me was carrying it. It seems incredulous, but it wasn’t—the world around me was detached, no one was talking about it, nothing stopped to witness or commiserate.” As a Liu Scholar and Ph.D candidate at the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UBC, Okot Bitek is one 51 mainly contemporary Vancouver poets who have read at SFU’s downtown monthly Lunch Poems series (the third Wednesday of every month) and contributed to the new anthology, edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar. 978-1-77214-032-3

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Nasreen Pejvack

P is for Pejvack
Nasreen Pejvack’s novel Amity (Inanna $22.95 2015) charts the life-altering friendship between two very different women who share their stories of wreckage caused by Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution. The story resonates with Yugoslavian and Iranian politics and its effects on women. Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still plagued with nightmares, meets a Ragusa, a Yugoslavian refugee whose pockets are loaded with stones ready to walk into the water and end a life that feels intolerable since the loss of those most dear to her. Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran, where, pre-revolution, she worked as a writer and poet for an activist underground publication. She moved to Greece in the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, and then, after nineteen months in Athens, she immigrated to Canada where she studied computer programming at Algonquin college in Ontario. After eight years in Ottawa, she continued her work in computers in Vancouver, then moved to California to work as a Systems Analyst for CNet Networks in the 1990s. With a degree in Psychology, Pejvack is now aiming for a PhD. in Sociology. 978-1-77133-237-8

Q is for Quiver
A dwarf mistletoe can shoot its seeds up to 50 feet away. The Arctic heather plant can create subtropical conditions within its leaves. Often exposed to bitter cold, relentless winds, intense heat, drought, fire, pollution and other adverse conditions, such plants demonstrate remarkable strategies for surviving their environment. Jesse Vernon Trail’s first book, Quiver Trees, Phantom Orchids and Rock Splitters (ECW Press $24.95), highlights the world’s most unusual plants for a general audience of plant and nature enthusiasts. Quiver Trees is also a fact-filled reference source on some of the lesser-known plants that populate landscapes around the world. Jesse Vernon Trail is an instructor and curriculum developer in environment, ecology, sustainability issues, horticulture and the natural history of plants. His articles have been published in The Ecologist, Garden Making, Canadian Gardening, Plant and Garden, Fine Gardening, Gardenwise, Harrowsmith Country Life, Alive, and Outdoor Canada. He lives in Vernon, B.C. “Gardening will never go out of fashion,” Trail told the Vernon Morning Star newspaper. “People will always buy plants even when they don’t have very much money. There is something in the greenery and beauty of plants that gives us a feeling of comfort and joy.” 978-1-77041-208-8

Renner, Jodie

Jodie Renner

R is for Renner

Jodie Renner of Penticton is a fiction editor, blogger, and award-winning author of three editor’s guides to writing compelling fiction, Fire up Your Fiction, Captivate Your Readers, and Writing a Killer Thriller. She has also published two time-saving e-resources, Quick Clicks: Spelling List and Quick Clicks: Word Usage. She recently organized and edited an anthology, Voices from the Valleys – Stories & Poems about Life in BC’s Interior, with proceeds to Doctors Without Borders /  Médecins Sans Frontières ( It will be followed by Childhood Regained – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers (2016), another anthology for charity. Jodie Renner grew up in the interior of BC, attended UBC and SFU, and taught in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. She received her master’s degree in literature and became an English and French teacher and later, a school librarian. After living in Ontario for 30 years, she is thrilled to be back in BC. Jodie Renner specializes in editing fast-paced, popular fiction.  When she’s not editing or writing, she enjoys photography, dancing, and travelling. Most recently, Jodie Renner has compiled and edited 51 contributors for Voices from the Valleys: Stories & Poems about Life in BC’s Interior ($18.95). Contributors in alphabetical order are : John Arendt, Howard Baker, Michelle Barker, Della Barrett, Clayton Campbell, Fern G.Z. Carr, Virginia Carraway Stark, Danell Clay, Linda Crosfield, Debra Crow, Shirley Bigelow DeKelver, Keith Dixon, Elaine Durst, Bernie Fandrich, Beverly Fox, R.M. Greenaway, Sterling Haynes, Dianne Hildebrand, Norma J. Hill, Eileen Hopkins, Yasmin John-Thorpe, Chris Kempling, Denise King, Linda Kirbyson, Virginia Laveau, Loreena M. Lee, Denise Little, Alan Longworth, Ken Ludwig, Jeanine Manji, Katie Marti, Kate McDonough, Herb Moore, Janice Notland, Sylvia Olson, James Osborne, Vic Parsons, L.M. Patrick, William S. Peckham, Anita Perry, Seth Raymond, Jodie Renner, Seanah Roper, Ron B. Saunders, Paul Seesequasis, Wendy Squire, Kristina Stanley, Tony Stark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Mahada Thomas and Ross Urquhart. The cover photograph and many interior photos are by veteran freelancer Murphy Shewchuk. 978-0993700439 E-book: $3.65 USD; $4.86 CAD Trade paperback: $16.95 USD; $18.95 CAD

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Bharti Saincher

S is for Saincher
Born in New Delhi, India, Bharti Saincher of South Surrey immigrated to Windsor, Ontario in 1967 as a young girl and grew up there. Having obtained a BSc. and BEd. degree in 1980, she married in 1981 and moved to Nanaimo, B.C. She worked in Winnipeg and Calgary as a school teacher prior to raising three children. Her self-published, 376-page cookbook, Pass the Masala: Vegetarian Indian Cooking Made Simple (Callawind Custom Books $40) contains more than 200 recipes for both beginners and experienced chefs. “From day one, I wanted my children to taste the different regional dishes that exist in a large country such as India. I wanted to pass my knowledge and expertise to my children so that one day they will be able to impress their friends and family and cook a heavenly delicious Indian meal.  I think what distinguishes Indian food from other cuisines is that it offers so many different I think what distinguishes Indian food from other cuisines is that it offers so many different types of blends of herbs, spices and seasonings that result in some of the most diverse flavors in the entire world. I hope to inspire beginners as well as experienced individuals to try out this authentic Indian cookbook written in a simplified manner. My recipes are written in a simple format yet still include all the traditional blending of Indian herbs, spices and seasoning.” 978-0-9879500-0-0


Elaine Tanner

T is for Tanner
While dividing her time between B.C. and Ontario, three-time Olympic medalist Elaine Tanner, holder of five world records in swimming, has written and self-published a children’s book about unconditional love and friendship, Monkey Guy and the Cosmic Fairy (Friesen 2015), illustrated by Denis Proulx. Inducted into the Order of Canada, Tanner was named Canada’s Greatest Athlete when she was fifteen, when she was nicknamed Mighty Mouse. With her husband John Watt, she now spreads awareness of homelessness, mental health issues, animal rights and environmental concerns.  Tanner is planning a memoir to coincide with the 2016 Olympics. 978-0-9949504-0-6 $19.95

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Emily Urquhart

U is for Urquhart
Including her description of a trip to Tanzania with her husband to investigate the high incidence of albinism in that country, Emily Urquhart’s memoir Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes (HarperCollins $29.99) investigates the phenomenon of albinism from her perspectives of folklorist and the mother of Sadie, a daughter diagnosed with albinism, a rare genetic condition. We learn, among many things, that the term ‘albino’ is about as politically incorrect as retard or homo. People with “oculocutaneous abinism” have little no pigment in their skin, hair and eyes. As well, they have little protection against the sun; burns are quick and dangerous and may cause skin cancer. “Low pigmentation,” she writes, “results in photophobia, meaning that daylight, particularly the searting rays of high noon, can be intolerable.” With a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Emily Urquhart of Victoria won a National Magazine Award in 2014. 978-1-44342-356-4

V is for van Eijk
Having studied the Lillooet (Lil’wat) language for forty years, Jan van Eijk transcribed and translated narratives from Lillooet elders for These Are Our Legends (University of Regina Press $24.95). Along with English translations, a glossary and grammar, he presents texts with transcriptions that can be used by linguists or Lillooet speakers. Illustrated by Marie Abraham, the First Nations’ title is Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh. His indigenous co-authors from the Lilloet area are Bill Edwards, Rosie Joseph, Adelina Williams and Martina LaRochelle. The First Nations’ title for These Are Our Legends is Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh. 9780889773967

W is for Williams
The name is not memorable. Barbara Williams. But this B.C.-born actor, raised in logging camps, has had a long and respected career in Hollywood, as will be outlined in her disturbing, forthcoming memoir, The Hope of Leaving (Penguin Random House 2016, $24.95). It all began with her five years as an actor for Tamahnous Theatre. After headlining in Vancouver theatre productions, she moved to Toronto, then to Los Angeles and married counter-culture spokesman Tom Hayden of Chicago 8 fame. She has starred in TV series and films directed by Richard Pryor and John Sayles, and frequently appears in Canadian films. “Through this painful, riveting journey,” says her pal Jane Fonda, “the bright, curious child manages to grow into a resilient, hopeful artist.” There is also an endorsement from Helen Hunt. 9781609806729

X is for Xwisten
A Xwisten First Nation elder, Christine Jack is one of twelve indigenous elders whose lives are celebrated in Wisdom from our First Nations (Second Story $10.95) by Lyle Ernst and Kim Sigafus. Born in Lytton in 1967 as her mother’s tenth child, she overcame alcoholic parents and various family tragedies, including her mother’s death when Christine was eight, and was raised by her aunt and uncle in Lillooet. Overcoming alcohol and drugs, she became the first girl in her family to graduate from high school in 1985. Christine Jack has since worked to stop violence against women. 978-1-927583-55-5

Yekelchyk, Serhy

Serhy Yekelchyk

Y is for Yekelchyk
As a UVic history professor in the Department of Germanic and Russian Studies, Serhy Yekelchyk examines the ‘politics of memory’ under Josef Stalin with analysis based on declassified information from eight Ukrainian and Russian archives. Stalin’s Empire of Memory: Russian-Ukrainian Relations in the Soviet Historical Imagination (UTP $29.95) uses the Ukrainian republic as a case study to explain intricate relations between the Kremlin, non-Russian intellectuals and their audience. 978-1-4426-2846-5

Zabliewicz, Denise

Denise Zabliewicz

Z is for Zabliewicz
With a Ph.D from Berkeley, Denise Zabliewicz of the SFU Health Sciences faculty has chiefly examined issues of employment and mental health within the context of US welfare reform policy and a rapidly changing labor market. This research was motivated by her collaboration on the Welfare Client Longitudinal Study where she developed a passionate interest in reducing socio-economic inequalities and the mental health problems that are often over-represented among disadvantaged populations. With Kate Bassil, Zabliewicz co-edited Health Research Methods: A Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press $79.95). 9780195447163

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