Baker, homemaker, risk taker

A single mom with a humdrum romance gets the gumption to return to school, learn how to start her own business and prevail as the best cookie maker in town. Gail Anderson-Dargatz tells the tale. FULL STORY

"We learned to build by building." -- Mud Girls Clare Kenny, Bec McGuire and Anna Himmelman.


Here’s mud in your eye — a book about it

Mud Girls Natural Building Collective will not be denied.

A group of women including Molly Murphy and Sheera Cipilinski have decided to make their own homes using mud—one of the most abundant building materials on earth. FULL STORY

Smokeaters for hire, for fire

Aaron Williams’ Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir (Harbour $22.95) describes 16-hour, high-adrenaline days in apocalyptic fiery landscapes. Chasing Smoke. A… FULL STORY

SOG. Save our glaciers

An unprecedented array of full-colour photographs of some of western Canada’s most striking glaciers and icefield elicits awe. Our Vanishing… FULL STORY

Al Neil (1924-2017)

“New York has William Burroughs, Los Angeles has Charles Bukowski and Vancouver has Al Neil,” — local author John Armstrong… FULL STORY

Nanaimo’s founding force

Jan Peterson’s new biography untangles the fascinating relationship between the humanitarian Mark Bate and his friend and arch-rival, the coal… FULL STORY

Take me to the river

A new history of ILWU Local 502 celebrates how unionists have “successfully navigated the restructuring forces of globalization.” Reviewer Sean… FULL STORY

Biodiversity & the boardroom

Biodiversity markets remain small. Destructive development continues apace. So we must image new partnerships. REVIEW: Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets, and… FULL STORY

Women & the wild essentials

Taylor notes, “Cascadia…has always been considered counterculture, liberated, transgressive, rebellious, transformative.” REVIEW: Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on… FULL STORY

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